shore

The land right at the edge of a lake, river, or ocean is called the shore. Even the bravest swimmers will head for the shore when they hear someone yell "Shark!"

The verb shore means "prop up or support," so you might shore up a house that's tilting on its foundation or shore up a failing company with an investment of money. The water's-edge shore has a Germanic root that means "cut," and experts believe that the noun shore grew either from a sense of "division between land and water," or possibly "land cut off from the mainland by marshes."

Definitions of shore
  1. noun
    the land along the edge of a body of water
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    Barbary Coast
    the Mediterranean coast of northern Africa that was famous for its Moorish pirates
    Aeolia
    an ancient coastal region of northwestern Asia Minor (including Lesbos) where the Aeolians founded several cities around 1100 BC
    Atlantic Coast
    a coast of the Atlantic Ocean
    Gulf Coast
    a seashore of the Gulf of Mexico
    Pacific Coast
    a coast of the Pacific Ocean
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    lakeshore, lakeside
    the shore of a lake
    coast, sea-coast, seacoast, seashore
    the shore of a sea or ocean
    strand
    a poetic term for a shore (as the area periodically covered and uncovered by the tides)
    litoral, littoral, littoral zone, sands
    the region of the shore of a lake or sea or ocean
    landfall
    the seacoast first sighted on a voyage (or flight over water)
    seaboard, seaside
    the shore of a sea or ocean regarded as a resort
    tideland
    land near the sea that is overflowed by the tide
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    formation, geological formation
    (geology) the geological features of the earth
  2. verb
    serve as a shore to
    “The river was shored by trees”
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    border, bound
    form the boundary of; be contiguous to
  3. verb
    arrive on shore
    synonyms: land, set ashore
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    arrive, come, get
    reach a destination; arrive by movement or progress
  4. verb
    support by placing against something solid or rigid
    shore and buttress an old building”
    synonyms: prop, prop up, shore up
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    bolster
    prop up with a pillow or bolster
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    hold, hold up, support, sustain
    be the physical support of; carry the weight of
  5. noun
    a beam or timber that is propped against a structure to provide support
    synonyms: shoring
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    beam
    long thick piece of wood or metal or concrete, etc., used in construction
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