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."

Primary Meanings of shore

1.
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the land along the edge of a body of water
serve as a shore to
2.
vn
support by placing against something solid or rigid
a beam or timber that is propped against a structure to provide support
Full Definitions of shore
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n 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
Type of:
formation, geological formation
(geology) the geological features of the earth

v serve as a shore to

“The river was shored by trees”
Type of:
border, bound
form the boundary of; be contiguous to

v arrive on shore

Synonyms:
land, set ashore
Type of:
arrive, come, get
reach a destination; arrive by movement or progress
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v support by placing against something solid or rigid

shore and buttress an old building”
Synonyms:
prop, prop up, shore up
Types:
bolster
prop up with a pillow or bolster
Type of:
hold, hold up, support, sustain
be the physical support of; carry the weight of

n a beam or timber that is propped against a structure to provide support

Synonyms:
shoring
Type of:
beam
long thick piece of wood or metal or concrete, etc., used in construction

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