Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Without a shore, or with no shore in sight; boundless.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having no shore or coast; of indefinite or unlimited extent.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having no shore or coast; of indefinite or unlimited extent.

Etymologies

shore +‎ -less (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • There, he was humble enough to confess to himself, was a chartless, shoreless sea, about which he knew nothing and which he must nevertheless somehow navigate.

    Chapter XV

  • Or rather, thanks for the wander in the “the shoreless city.”

    The Place to Be : Ange Mlinko : Harriet the Blog : The Poetry Foundation

  • Montaigne, and apologists so dangerously rational as Pascal, who gave a rank and consistency to doubt even in showing that its seas were black and shoreless.

    Voltaire

  • The thoughts into which our spirit is suddenly plunged are like a shoreless sea, in which we may swim for a moment, but where our love is doomed to drown and die.

    The Purse

  • Every success against the terrorists is a reminder of the shoreless ambitions of this enemy.

    Hullabaloo

  • All the other arts and sciences thus appeared as islands mostly rocky and dangerous islands ... --the deep being a shoreless ocean of arithmetic.

    Archive 2006-01-01

  • The different epochs of geology are like landmarks in that otherwise shoreless sea.

    Missionary Travels and Researches in South Africa

  • I AM the native of a sea-surrounded nook, a cloud-enshadowed land, which, when the surface of the globe, with its shoreless ocean and trackless continents, presents itself to my mind, appears only as an inconsiderable speck in the immense whole; and yet, when balanced in the scale of mental power, far outweighed countries of larger extent and more numerous population.

    Introduction, I.1

  • Farewell to the giant powers of man, — to knowledge that could pilot the deep-drawing bark through the opposing waters of shoreless ocean, — to science that directed the silken balloon through the pathless air, — to the power that could put a barrier to mighty waters, and set in motion wheels, and beams, and vast machinery, that could divide rocks of granite or marble, and make the mountains plain!

    The Last Man

  • I would build my home on some wave-tossed plank, drifted about on the barren, shoreless ocean.

    The Last Man

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  • Maybe chartles.

    November 21, 2009

  • Don't you mean shoreles?

    November 21, 2009

  • When we came down from the lighthouse and it grew late, we would beg for an hour or two longer on the water, and row away in the twilight far out from land, where, with our faces turned from the Light, it seemed as if we were alone, and the sea shoreless; and as the darkness closed round us softly, we watched the stars come out, and were always glad to see Kate's star and my star, which we had chosen when we were children.
    --Sarah Orne Jewett, 1877, Deephaven

    November 21, 2009