Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To support by or as if by a prop.
  • noun A beam or timber propped against a structure to provide support.
  • noun The land along the edge of an ocean, sea, lake, or river; a coast.
  • noun Land; country.
  • noun Land as opposed to water.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • An obsolete or archaic preterit (and obsolete past participle) of shear.
  • To count; reckon.
  • noun An obsolete form of share.
  • noun A post or beam of timber or iron for the temporary support of something; a prop.
  • noun 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.
  • noun In ship-building:
  • noun 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.
  • noun 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.
  • noun A stake set to prop or bear up a net in hunting.
  • noun A post used with hurdles in folding sheep.
  • noun 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.
  • noun In law, the space between ordinary high-water mark and low-water mark; foreshore.
  • 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.
  • noun An obsolete or dialectal form of sewer.
  • To threaten; warn.
  • To offer.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Obs. or Prov. Eng. A sewer.
  • transitive verb obsolete To set on shore.
  • noun The coast or land adjacent to a large body of water, as an ocean, lake, or large river.
  • noun near the shore.
  • noun See under On.
  • noun (Zoöl.) a collective name for the various limicoline birds found on the seashore.
  • noun (Zoöl.) any crab found on the beaches, or between tides, especially any one of various species of grapsoid crabs, as Heterograpsus nudus of California.
  • noun (Zoöl.) a small American lark (Otocoris alpestris) found in winter, both on the seacoast and on the Western plains. Its upper parts are varied with dark brown and light brown. It has a yellow throat, yellow local streaks, a black crescent on its breast, a black streak below each eye, and two small black erectile ear tufts. Called also horned lark.
  • noun (Zoöl.) a large-billed Australian plover (Esacus magnirostris). It lives on the seashore, and feeds on crustaceans, etc.
  • noun (Zoöl.), [Prov. Eng.] the rock pipit (Anthus obscurus).
  • transitive verb To support by a shore or shores; to prop; -- usually with up.
  • imp. of shear.
  • noun 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

  • noun the land along the edge of a body of water
  • verb support by placing against something solid or rigid
  • noun a beam or timber that is propped against a structure to provide support
  • verb arrive on shore
  • verb serve as a shore to

Etymologies

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

[Middle English shoren, from shore, prop, probably from Middle Low German schōre, barrier, or Middle Dutch scōre, prop.]

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

[Middle English shore, from Old English scora; see sker- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

See shear

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

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