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shore leave (=time that a sailor is allowed to spend on land and away from work)
▪ Hong Kong was a popular place for shore leave.
▪ We heard a call from a Distant shore.
▪ It was so dark he could barely make out the tree line on the distant shore.
▪ I want to go to distant shores.
▪ I would pick more daisies. -- Nadine Stair Good reason to be off for distant shores.
▪ When it rained their branches swayed and hissed with a sound like that of the ocean spilling over some distant shore.
▪ How easy it was for people to disrupt your home and environment, even from distant shores.
▪ It does so when the eye catches the castle of Rapperswil towards the end of the lake on the eastern shore.
▪ Almost overnight, it transformed this sleepy village on the eastern shores of Baja California Sur.
▪ Thus, the eastern shore is saltier than the western shore.
▪ As the eastern shore of the future United States became the new landscape, it awaited the new pilgrims.
▪ Meg sat facing him, looking across at the eastern shore.
▪ As we rounded the lake's southern edge and moved up to the eastern shore, a faint tinkle filled the air.
▪ Situated on the eastern shore of the lake with a backdrop of terraced vineyards, olive groves and cypress trees.
▪ We are an odd collection assembled here, stuck fast like stubborn limpets to that eastern shore throughout the winter.
▪ Form 13 occurred on exposed shores, and form 18 in shelter; leaving the intermediates on shores of intermediate exposure.
▪ Juveniles dominated the exposed shore and she thought few adults survived more than two years.
▪ The unpredictable, sporadic nature of storms on an open coast presumably render exposed shores unstable in this respect.
▪ As exposed shores are frequently subjected to almost continual spray this may not be critical.
▪ He saw the pond they called the lake and the grey bulk of the Mithraeum on the farther shore.
▪ Searchlights played on the water, sweeping the line of palms on the far shore.
▪ Wigeon grazed on the far shore.
▪ Off he went to the far shore, and with only ten minutes' rest set out again.
▪ Moreover, the farther from shore a duck sleeps the greater the distance a cat must cover in its final uncovered dash.
▪ But her fears were groundless: the generation gap in this instance had him beached on a far shore.
▪ In other references dhamma is the raft on which men may cross the ocean of existence to the farther shore of Nirvana.
▪ One day a figure appeared on the far shore.
▪ Your fish are safely tucked up at home - but then you see the fish of your dreams on some foreign shore.
▪ That is, they all came from foreign shores and were, at first, alien.
▪ In the thirteenth century the bishop of Durham instigated extensive drainage works along the northern shores of the Humber.
▪ It was the northern shore of Oahu.
▪ From there a good road leads to Rapperswil and the northern shore of the Zurichsee.
▪ It was certainly unique, such an Exhibition, so near the northern shore and the Pentland waves.
▪ On the opposite shore I saw two large gray black shapes: moose!
▪ Once this fall was likened to a gigantic weir, its crest a straight line between Goat Island and the opposite shore.
▪ He reached the opposite shore and then returned in a blaze of fireworks.
▪ The sun has come to a standstill, hours above the river and the opposite shore.
▪ Wind whipping across sandbar on opposite shore, sand blowing across water.
▪ This in turn compelled me to further investigate the fascinating world of rocky shores.
▪ Miss Buechler is talking about the pilgrims coming to a rocky shore to spend a winter of hardship in the new land.
▪ In the spring the clan chief's steward came ashore to find the last surviving woman on the rocky shore.
▪ We make a beeline for the rocky shore.
▪ Ranks of houses stretched away into the distance like waves breaking on a rocky shore, their slate roofs glistening.
▪ The cliff sloped to a rocky shore where breakers thundered against the ledges about three hundred yards from where he was.
▪ Landing safely on the rocky river shore, she endured a reprimand from a friend.
▪ A rocky shore almost certainly provides a clearer echo than a sandy slope or mud flat.
▪ The sandy shore has hotel developments at one end.
▪ The 1988 school year began with a sunrise breakfast and sing on the sandy shores of Lake Michigan.
▪ Where fishermen once set out to sea, now travellers stop to soak up the sun which bakes the sandy shores.
▪ Odysseus as usual was on the sandy shore letting his salt tears flow while he gazed at the empty sea.
▪ About 10 million years before that, another rift began along what is now the southern shore of the Arabian peninsula.
▪ The column is in the pink granite of the quarries of Baveno on the western shore of Lake Maggiore.
▪ Facing the town across the harbor on the western shore were hills 360 feet high.
▪ Hotels and resorts along the western shores exploit the climate and the sea's salts and sulphur springs.
▪ Thus, the eastern shore is saltier than the western shore.
▪ Limone is a very old village nestling at the foot of the cliffs on the lake's western shore.
▪ Enormous waves batter the archipelago's western shores, destroying beaches.
▪ The last of the shore birds will probably have arrived by this time.
▪ Through this grey mist came fluttering a small shore bird.
▪ One word of advice: If the cruise line allows it, book your shore excursion before you get on the ship.
▪ Select and book shore excursions as soon as possible.
▪ I go down to the sea shore to find white pebbles for games.
▪ Our path dropped down to the relative calm of the sea shore, edging craggy inlets beneath overhanging cliff tops.
▪ Or only like foam on the sea shore.
▪ The black mud from the sea shores is said to be very good for the skin.
▪ The waves breaking on the shore release plutonium, creating a radioactive mist which is then inhaled.
▪ And afterwards he had lain in her arms as though they were a world away with the waves breaking on the shore outside.
▪ Ranks of houses stretched away into the distance like waves breaking on a rocky shore, their slate roofs glistening.
▪ Waves broke on the shore and eventually expired in a froth and myriad of bubbles.
▪ The dawning knowledge washed over her consciousness like waves breaking on a virgin shore.
▪ Twice a squall bowled him into the water as he followed the shore round.
▪ You cross over to the mainland again on the Lady Craigavon Bridge and follow the lough shore to Corradillar quay.
▪ From here it turns right to follow the shore until it reaches the mouth of the River Avich.
▪ After dropping down towards Affric Lodge a good track follows the loch shore back to the car park.
▪ In a short half mile we would leave the Lake shore, and make for home along the gravel of the road.
▪ More than six centuries ago they had left these shores for Hamgyong Province in the North in search of a better life.
▪ Form 13 occurred on exposed shores, and form 18 in shelter; leaving the intermediates on shores of intermediate exposure.
▪ Sea-birds were beginning to leave the shores and there were more seeding heads than flowers in bloom.
▪ Old opinions were shed, stuffy woolly shabby old liberal vests and comforters were left piled on the shore.
▪ First one engine powered inflatable was heard to leave the shore in the direction of Guiding Lights.
▪ She struggled to turn around in it, desperate to reach the shore, no longer wanting to die.
▪ On occasion the travellers had to leave their ferry and wade through mud to reach the shore.
▪ But they reached the shore a few moments before Lucenzo.
▪ As the two rowed away, the mob reached the shore.
▪ The three who died are thought to have perished at least three days before they reached the shore, probably from dehydration.
▪ May you lastly reach the shore, Joining tide without intent, Only worried any more By the currents' argument.
▪ I walked to the shore, thankful to be alive, unable to understand how.
▪ As I walk back toward the shore I look over at the snorkeling boat heading out.
▪ They were beings like Miach, a crowd of them walking down to the shore from the forest.
▪ As she walks along the shore, Kruger gathers loose fishing line that has been tossed on the shore.
▪ We walk down to the shore in the warm drizzling rain and wait at the quayside.
▪ I often walked along the shore, and one day I saw something in the sand.
▪ I was again on the west side of the island and was walking along the shore.
▪ In spring or autumn, the moon has sometimes tempted me out to walk the shore, confident of magical encounters.
▪ Many birds die and individuals are washed up on to the shore.
▪ You could go over and see it, like a big whale washed up on the shore.
▪ Men were herding mares and their foals away from the water, and a few women were washing clothes beside the shore.
▪ Casting themselves into chaos, hoping to adhere to higher consciousness, to be washed up on the shores of truth.
▪ After the battle Sir Bedivere is carrying Arthur's weak body down to the shore.
▪ As the two rowed away, the mob reached the shore.
▪ He saw the pond they called the lake and the grey bulk of the Mithraeum on the farther shore.
▪ Hill swam out to haul Leach to shore and retrieve the barrel.
▪ People paddle kayaks and outriggers along the shore, and catamarans whizz by, leaning precariously on one hull.
▪ The big ships, those drawn up far on the shore, had tumbled together, smashing one another to powder.
▪ The treatment involved walking three times round the shore and then departing, without looking back.
▪ Lothar, in a last bid to shore up his power in western Francia, made a foray to the Seine.
▪ Above all, it requires the steady cultivation of healthy core beliefs that will shore up the organization when setbacks occur.
▪ The proceeds have shored up the balance sheet but the trading picture is grim.
▪ Nevertheless, there are reports Costa Rica will ask coffee producers to suspend exports temporarily to shore up prices.
▪ Through out the period the government made crystal clear its anxiety to shore up noble landownership.
▪ Upon taking office, Chavalit, a former army chief, wooed the military to try to shore up his political power.
▪ Thus, governments are endlessly seeking to shore up the erosion of the national idea which a world economy inflicts upon them.
▪ The Ducks must win tonight not just to shore up their record but also to help repair their flagging self-esteem.
▪ It was like trying to shore up a wall of quicksand.
▪ Upon taking office, Chavalit, a former army chief, wooed the military to try to shore up his political power.
▪ Kelly wanted him on the ticket because he was trying to shore up his sagging reputation with the voters.
▪ He successfully shored up a university library system that had been debilitated by Koffler.
▪ Lothar, in a last bid to shore up his power in western Francia, made a foray to the Seine.
▪ Nevertheless, there are reports Costa Rica will ask coffee producers to suspend exports temporarily to shore up prices.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Shear \Shear\ (sh[=e]r), v. t. [imp. Shearedor Shore;p. p. Sheared or Shorn; p. pr. & vb. n. Shearing.] [OE. sheren, scheren, to shear, cut, shave, AS. sceran, scieran, scyran; akin to D. & G. scheren, Icel. skera, Dan. ski?re, Gr. ???. Cf. Jeer, Score, Shard, Share, Sheer to turn aside.]

  1. To cut, clip, or sever anything from with shears or a like instrument; as, to shear sheep; to shear cloth.

    Note: It is especially applied to the cutting of wool from sheep or their skins, and the nap from cloth.

  2. To separate or sever with shears or a similar instrument; to cut off; to clip (something) from a surface; as, to shear a fleece.

    Before the golden tresses . . . were shorn away.

  3. To reap, as grain. [Scot.]

  4. Fig.: To deprive of property; to fleece.

  5. (Mech.) To produce a change of shape in by a shear. See Shear, n., 4.


Shore \Shore\, n. A sewer. [Obs. or Prov. Eng.]


Shore \Shore\, n. [OE. schore; akin to LG. schore, D. schoor, OD. schoore, Icel. skor?a, and perhaps to E. shear, as being a piece cut off.] 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.


Shore \Shore\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Shored; p. pr. & vb. n. Shoring.] [OE. schoren. See Shore a prop.] To support by a shore or shores; to prop; -- usually with up; as, to shore up a building.


Shore \Shore\, n. [OE. schore, AS. score, probably fr. scieran, and so meaning properly, that which is shorn off, edge; akin to OD. schoore, schoor. See Shear, v. t.] The coast or land adjacent to a large body of water, as an ocean, lake, or large river.

Michael Cassio, Lieutenant to the warlike Moor Othello, Is come shore.

The fruitful shore of muddy Nile.

In shore, near the shore.

On shore. See under On.

Shore birds (Zo["o]l.), a collective name for the various limicoline birds found on the seashore.

Shore crab (Zo["o]l.), any crab found on the beaches, or between tides, especially any one of various species of grapsoid crabs, as Heterograpsus nudus of California.

Shore lark (Zo["o]l.), 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.

Shore plover (Zo["o]l.), a large-billed Australian plover ( Esacus magnirostris). It lives on the seashore, and feeds on crustaceans, etc.

Shore teetan (Zo["o]l.), the rock pipit ( Anthus obscurus). [Prov. Eng.]


Shore \Shore\, imp. of Shear.


Shore \Shore\, v. t. To set on shore. [Obs.]

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"land bordering a large body of water," c.1300, from an Old English word or from Middle Low German schor "shore, coast, headland," or Middle Dutch scorre "land washed by the sea," all probably from Proto-Germanic *skur-o- "cut," from PIE *(s)ker- (1) "to cut" (see shear (v.)).\n

\nAccording to etymologists originally with a sense of "division" between land and water. But if the word began on the North Sea coast of the continent, it might as well have meant originally "land 'cut off' from the mainland by tidal marshes" (compare Old Norse skerg "an isolated rock in the sea," related to sker "to cut, shear"). Old English words for "coast, shore" were strand (n.), waroþ, ofer. Few Indo-European languages have such a single comprehensive word for "land bordering water" (Homer uses one word for sandy beaches, another for rocky headlands). General application to "country near a seacoast" is attested from 1610s.


mid-14c., "to prop, support with a prop;" of obscure etymology though widespread in Germanic (Middle Dutch schooren "to prop up, support," Old Norse skorða (n.) "a piece of timber set up as a support"). Related: Shored; shoring. Also as a noun, "post or beam for temporary support of something" (mid-15c.), especially an oblique timber to brace the side of a building or excavation.


Etymology 1 n. Land adjoining a non-flowing body of water, such as an ocean, lake or pond. vb. (context obsolete English) To set on shore. Etymology 2

n. A prop or strut supporting the weight or flooring above it. vb. 1 (context transitive without ''up'' English) To provide with support. 2 (context usually with ''up'' English) To reinforce (something at risk of failure). Etymology 3

vb. (en-simple pastshear) Etymology 4

n. (context obsolete UK dialect English) A sewer.

  1. n. the land along the edge of a body of water

  2. a beam or timber that is propped against a structure to provide support [syn: shoring]

  1. v. serve as a shore to; "The river was shored by trees"

  2. arrive on shore; "The ship landed in Pearl Harbor" [syn: land, set ashore]

  3. support by placing against something solid or rigid; "shore and buttress an old building" [syn: prop up, prop, shore up]

Shore (disambiguation)

A shore is the fringe of land at the edge of a large body of water.

Shore may also refer to:

  • Shoring, supporting a structure in order to prevent collapse so that construction can proceed
  • Shore durometer, the hardness of a material
  • Jersey Shore, a region of the U.S. mid-Atlantic coast
  • The Shore, a Ray Bradbury story
  • The Shore (band), an American rock group founded in Silver Lake, California
  • The Shore (film), a 2011 live-action short film
  • Sydney Church of England Grammar School, also known as the Shore School

A shore or a shoreline is the fringe of land at the edge of a large body of water, such as an ocean, sea, or lake. In physical oceanography, a shore is the wider fringe that is geologically modified by the action of the body of water past and present, while the beach is at the edge of the shore, representing the intertidal zone where there is one. In contrast to a coast, a shore can border any body of water, while the coast must border an ocean; that is, a coast is a type of shore. The word shore is often substituted for coast where an oceanic shore is meant.

Shores are influenced by the topography of the surrounding landscape, as well as by water induced erosion, such as waves. The geological composition of rock and soil dictates the type of shore which is created.

Usage examples of "shore".

Munday the 25 being Christmas day, we began to drinke water aboord, but at night, the Master caused vs to have some Beere, and so on board we had diverse times now and then some Beere, but on shore none at all.

Each chain over a shore span consists of two segments, the longer attached to the tie at the top of the river tower, the shorter to the link at the top of the abutment tower, and the two jointed together at the lowest point.

Two main towers in the river and two towers on the shore abutments carry the suspension chains.

He nodded toward the hills above the Achor Marshes on the shores of the sea of Gerizim.

I lost my trouble and my time, for I did not become acquainted with the shore till the octave of Christmas, and with the small door six months afterwards.

The aerogram also gave the positions of the lighters loaded with ammunition which he had deposited round the English shores in anticipation of its arrival.

On that inhospitable shore, Euripides, embellishing with exquisite art the tales of antiquity, has placed the scene of one of his most affecting tragedies.

Frido and I went farther afield, now on horseback, and now along the shores of the Amber Coast.

There were no shore power cables on the ship but a heavy gantry with thick cables had been retracted aft near the rudder.

Ibrahim wrested Syria from the Porte, and the Ottoman empire was tottering to its fall, unless the European states should interfere to prevent it, or Russia should realize her long-cherished schemes of aggrandizement by taking the shores of the Bosphorus, which the Sultan was not able to defend, under her own protection.

Today we remember the Lord of the Wind and how his magic aided us all, both you of Alata and we Romans shipwrecked upon your shores.

And when you gain the distant shore of Alba, give it to Drustan mab Necthana, that he might know from whence it came.

The sun was nearing the western horizon when Alec and Seregil rode up the lake shore to the town walls.

Coming on deck just after dawn, Alec saw towering grey cliffs off the port bow and a cluster of islands lying close to shore ahead of them.

Our Pinnaces manned, and comming to the shore, we marched vp alongst the riuer side, to see vvhat place the enemie held there: for none amongst vs had any knowledge thereof at all.