AskDefine | Define ashore

Dictionary Definition

ashore adv : towards the shore from the water; "we invited them ashore" [syn: on land, toward land, onto land]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. On the land as opposed to onboard
  2. On, or towards the shore
    • Note: A ships runs ashore onto a beach, but runs aground on a reef or undersea rock.

Related terms


on the land
towards the shore

Extensive Definition

A shore or shoreline is the fringe of land at the edge of a large body of water, such as an ocean, sea, or lake.
Shores are influenced by the topography of the surrounding landscape, as well as by water induced erosion, such as waves. The geological composition of rock and soil dictates the type of shore which is created. Although a beach is a synonym for a shore, the term typically refers to shores which are sandy or pebbly, which can be produced by erosion of sedimentary soils.
A strict definition is the strip of land along a water body that is alternately exposed and covered by waves and tides. Shores may also include a strip of land by a body of water, such as a lake.

See also

ashore in German: Ufer
ashore in Spanish: Orilla
ashore in Esperanto: Bordo
ashore in French: Rivage
ashore in Dutch: Oever
ashore in Polish: Linia brzegowa
ashore in Portuguese: Costa (geografia)
ashore in Romanian: Mal
ashore in Russian: Берег
ashore in Simple English: Shore
ashore in Yiddish: ברעג ים
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