shoreward

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

shore +‎ -ward

Adjective[edit]

shoreward (not comparable)

  1. In the direction of the shoreline, relatively speaking.
    • 1903: Jack London, The Call of the Wild [1]
      When he felt him grasp his tail, Buck headed for the bank, swimming with all his splendid strength. But the progress shoreward was slow; the progress down-stream amazingly rapid.
  2. which faces the shore
    • 1905: Robert Louis Stevenson, The Black Arrow: A Tale of the Two Roses [2]
      If their enemies were really on the watch, if they had beleaguered the shoreward end of the pier, he and Lord Foxham were taken in a posture of poor defense...

Adverb[edit]

shoreward (not comparable)

  1. toward the shore
    • 18??: Alfred Tennyson, The Lotos-Eaters [3]
      "Courage!" he said, and pointed toward the land,
      "This mounting wave will roll us shoreward soon."