• Noun
  • the land along the edge of an area of water (such as an ocean, lake, etc.)
    1. a rocky/sandy shore [=coast]
    2. Houses were built on the shores of the lake.
    3. The boat hugged the shore. [=stayed close to the shore]
    4. We swam to shore.
    5. The boat was about a mile from shore.
    6. The boat headed for shore.
  • a country that touches a sea or ocean
    1. My family came to these shores [=came to this country] 100 years ago.
    2. The plant was brought to our shores from Europe.
    3. We arrived on American/British shores.
  • Verb
  • to support (something) or keep (something) from falling by placing something under or against it
    1. They shored up [=propped up] the roof/wall.
  • to support or help (something)
    1. The tax cuts are supposed to shore up the economy.
    2. The new player should shore up the team's defense.