American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The land along the edge of an ocean, sea, lake, or river; a coast.
- n. Land; country. Often used in the plural: far from our native shores.
- n. Land as opposed to water: a sailor with an assignment on shore.
- v. To support by or as if by a prop: shored up the sagging floors; shored up the peace initiative.
- n. A beam or timber propped against a structure to provide support.
- v. Archaic A past tense of shear.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The coast or land adjacent to a considerable body of water, as an ocean or sea, or a lake or river; the edge or margin of the land; a strand.
- n. In law, the space between ordinary high-water mark and low-water mark; foreshore.
- To set on shore.
- n. A post or beam of timber or iron for the temporary support of something; a prop.
- n. Especially— A prop or timber obliquely placed, acting as a strut on the side of a building, as when the wall is in danger of falling, or when alterations are being made in the lower part of it, the upper end of the shore resting against that part of the wall on which there is the greatest stress. See dead-share.
- n. In ship-building:
- n. A prop fixed under a ship's side or bottom to support her on the stocks, or when laid on the blocks on the slip. See also cut under launching-ways.
- n. A timber set temporarily beneath a beam to afford additional support to the deck when taking in the lower masts. See dogshore, skegshore, and spur.
- n. A stake set to prop or bear up a net in hunting.
- n. A post used with hurdles in folding sheep.
- To support by or as by a post or shore; prop, as a wall, particularly when some more permanent support is temporarily taken away: usually with up: as, to shore up a building.
- An obsolete or archaic preterit (and obsolete past participle) of shear.
- To count; reckon.
- To threaten; warn.
- To offer.
- n. An obsolete form of share.
- n. An obsolete or dialectal form of sewer.
- n. Land adjoining a non-flowing body of water, such as an ocean, lake or pond.
- n. Land, usually near a port.
- v. obsolete To set on shore.
- n. A prop or strut supporting the weight or flooring above it.
- v. transitive To provide with support.
- v. To reinforce (something at risk of failure).
- v. Simple past of shear.
GNU Webster's 1913
- imp. of shear.
- n. Obs. or Prov. Eng. A sewer.
- n. A prop, as a timber, placed as a brace or support against the side of a building or other structure; a prop placed beneath anything, as a beam, to prevent it from sinking or sagging.
- v. To support by a shore or shores; to prop; -- usually with
- n. The coast or land adjacent to a large body of water, as an ocean, lake, or large river.
- v. obsolete To set on shore.
- n. the land along the edge of a body of water
- v. support by placing against something solid or rigid
- n. a beam or timber that is propped against a structure to provide support
- v. arrive on shore
- v. serve as a shore to
- See shear (Wiktionary)
- Middle English shore, from Old English scora.Middle English shoren, from shore, prop, probably from Middle Low German schōre, barrier, or Middle Dutch scōre, prop. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“On the day after her arrival, she sent several cases ( "chronic dysentry, hepatitis, and general debility") to hospital, but not one of cholera; neither did any case occur on board during her stay there, at anchor a mile and a half from shore, and constantly communicating with shore,  while a considerable number of deaths took place from cholera _in the merchant vessels anchored near shore_.”
Letters on the Cholera Morbus. Containing ample evidence that this disease, under whatever name known, cannot be transmitted from the persons of those labouring under it to other individuals, by contact—through the medium of inanimate substances—or through the medium of the atmosphere; and that all restrictions, by cordons and quarantine regulations, are, as far as regards this disease, not merely useless, but highly injurious to the community.
“_By Ampelus is signified the sea shore; or Ampelus, among the people of Cyrene, signifies the sea shore_.”
“To carry you over from shore to shore_, "repeated the boat; and when the little boy had unfastened it, he sprang in, and began to row himself over the dark water.”
“The London-based studio has been put on the market to help the label shore up its debt.”
“A few feet in from the end of the shore is a set of steps that leads down toward the water in the lake.”
“The fact that the cop can leave the thief alone on the shore is amusing.”
“You know if you've taken cruises that the cruise lines offer what they call shore excursions that you can purchase on board the ship before your ship makes its port of call.”
“Well, I have been sailing under those flags, and sailors are ever ready to help each other; nobody on the shore is able to help us, only the sailor helps his fellow sailor, and we don't ask what nation he belongs to if he is in distress.”
“No sea can be clearer, or smoother at bottom, and the shore is as solitary as if nobody bathed at all.”
“The sand on the shore is the whitest I have ever seen.”
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