|1.||the land along the edge of a sea, lake, or wide riverRelated: littoral|
|2.||a. land, as opposed to water (esp in the phrase on shore)|
|b. (as modifier): shore duty|
|3.||law the tract of coastland lying between the ordinary marks of high and low water|
|4.||(often plural) a country: his native shores|
|5.||(tr) to move or drag (a boat) onto a shore|
|[C14: probably from Middle Low German, Middle Dutch schōre; compare Old High German scorra cliff; see |
Support, prop, as in The new law was designed to shore up banks in danger of failure. This expression derives from the noun shore, meaning "prop," a beam or timber propped against a structure to provide support. The verb shore dates from 1340 and was first recorded in a figurative context in 1581.