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He quickly turned the boat to the shore, and the stranger jumped on board.

"If there were any use in wishing, I'd wish myself on shore," said the second.

The two bent their steps to the shore, and looked out to sea.

A party of sailors, headed by an officer, came out of the woods, and headed for the shore.

They saw an American ship riding at anchor a mile or more from shore.

Let us go down to the shore, and see if we can see anything of the ship.

It would be pleasanter inland, but we must be near the shore, so as to be in sight of ships.

After the boats were crowded, they would hold on to them so that they could not leave the shore.

She presses it to her lips, and impetuously breaks for the shore!

Under the urge of it, he conquered—at last brought himself and his charge to the shore.


"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.


Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.