from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.
  • transitive 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Land adjoining a non-flowing body of water, such as an ocean, lake or pond.
  • n. Land, usually near a port.
  • v. To set on shore.
  • n. A prop or strut supporting the weight or flooring above it.
  • v. To provide with support.
  • v. To reinforce (something at risk of failure).
  • v. Simple past of shear.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • imp. of shear.
  • n. 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.
  • n. The coast or land adjacent to a large body of water, as an ocean, lake, or large river.
  • transitive v. To support by a shore or shores; to prop; -- usually with up.
  • transitive v. To set on shore.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To set on shore.
  • 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. 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.
  • 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.
  • n. An obsolete form of share.
  • n. An obsolete or dialectal form of sewer.

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

  • 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


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)
From Middle English, perhaps from Middle Low German schor ("shore, coast, headland") or Middle Dutch scorre ("land washed by the sea") (Wiktionary)
See shear (Wiktionary)



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