from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Moving or directed toward the shore: an onshore wind.
  • adj. Located on the shore: an onshore beacon; an onshore patrol.
  • adv. Toward the shore: The wind shifted onshore.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. moving from the sea towards the land
  • adj. positioned on or near the shore
  • adv. from the sea towards the land
  • v. To relocate production, services or jobs to lower-cost locations in the same country.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. coming from the sea toward the land; -- of winds and weather. Opposed to offshore.
  • adj. On the edge of the land; near the shoreline.
  • n. See under On.
  • prep. on land; to the shore.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Toward the land: as, the wind blew onshore.
  • Being on or moving toward the land: as, an onshore wind.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. (of winds) coming from the sea toward the land
  • adj. on the edge of the land
  • adv. on or toward the land


Sorry, no etymologies found.


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