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shoring

[shawr-ing, shohr-] /ˈʃɔr ɪŋ, ˈʃoʊr-/
noun
1.
a number or system of shores for steadying or supporting a wall, a ship in drydock, etc.
2.
the act of setting up shores.
Origin of shoring
1490-1500
1490-1500; shore2 + -ing1

shore2

[shawr, shohr] /ʃɔr, ʃoʊr/
noun
1.
a supporting post or beam with auxiliary members, especially one placed obliquely against the side of a building, a ship in drydock, or the like; prop; strut.
verb (used with object), shored, shoring.
2.
to support by or as if by a shore or shores; prop (usually followed by up):
to shore up a roof; government subsidies to shore up falling corn prices.
Origin
1300-50; (noun) Middle English; cognate with Middle Low German, Middle Dutch schore prop; (v.) shoren, derivative of the noun
Synonyms
1. brace, buttress, stay.

shore3

[shawr, shohr] /ʃɔr, ʃoʊr/
verb (used with object), shored, shoring. Scot. and North England
1.
to threaten (someone).
2.
to offer or proffer (something).
Origin
1325-75; Middle English (Scots) schore < ?
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  • Just ahead of him were a number of heavy timbers, such as are used for shoring in mines.

    Dave Porter in the Gold Fields Edward Stratemeyer
  • It is a low-grade ore, I should say, and tunnelling and shoring would eat it up.

    Peter F. Hopkinson Smith
  • The ground never thaws below a depth of two feet, so there is no need of shoring to prevent its caving.

    Klondike Nuggets E. S. Ellis
  • MacNutt divided them into gangs and set them to work staying and shoring the remnants of the dam.

    The Boss of Wind River David Goodger (goodger@python.org)
  • Ranging down these precipices were innumerable huge iron stanchions for the shoring of ocean liners.

    The Cruise of the Dry Dock T. S. Stribling
British Dictionary definitions for shoring

shore1

/ʃɔː/
noun
1.
the land along the edge of a sea, lake, or wide river related adjective littoral
2.
  1. land, as opposed to water (esp in the phrase on shore)
  2. (as modifier): shore duty
3.
(law) the tract of coastland lying between the ordinary marks of high and low water
4.
(often pl) a country: his native shores
verb
5.
(transitive) to move or drag (a boat) onto a shore
Word Origin
C14: probably from Middle Low German, Middle Dutch schōre; compare Old High German scorra cliff; see shear

shore2

/ʃɔː/
noun
1.
a prop, post, or beam used to support a wall, building, ship in dry dock, etc
verb
2.
(transitive) often foll by up. to prop or make safe with or as if with a shore
Derived Forms
shoring, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Middle Dutch schōre; related to Old Norse skortha prop

shore3

/ʃɔː/
verb
1.
(Austral & NZ) a past tense of shear
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Word Origin and History for shoring

shore

n.

"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.)).

According 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" (cf. 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.

v.

mid-14c., "to prop, support with a prop;" of obscure etymology though widespread in West Germanic; cf. 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.

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