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shore 1  (shôr, shr)
1. The land along the edge of an ocean, sea, lake, or river; a coast.
2. Land; country. Often used in the plural: far from our native shores.
3. Land as opposed to water: a sailor with an assignment on shore.

[Middle English shore, from Old English scora; see sker-1 in Indo-European roots.]

shore 2  (shôr, shr)
tr.v. shored, shor·ing, shores
To support by or as if by a prop: shored up the sagging floors; shored up the peace initiative.
A beam or timber propped against a structure to provide support.

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

shore 3  (shôr, shr)
v. Archaic
A past tense of shear.

shore  /r/  n. [C;U] 1 the sandy or rocky area of land next to a body of water: She walked along the shore of Lake Michigan. 2 a seaside area: We like to spend our vacations at the Maryland shore.
phrasal v. sep. [T] to shore s.t. up: to support s.t.: The building was leaning, so a carpenter nailed on more pieces of wood to shore the walls up.||He shored it up.

Thesaurus: shore n. 1 an edge, shoreline 2 a coast, seashore, beach. shore

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