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on +‎ shore


onshore (not comparable)

  1. Moving from the sea towards the land.
    an onshore breeze
  2. Positioned on or near the shore.
    • 1977 August 23, Donald Janson, “Study Urges Jersey to Limit Onshore Oil Facilities”, in The New York Times[1], →ISSN:
      Princeton University's Center for Environmental Studies recommended today that New Jersey minimize adverse impacts of offshore drilling by limiting to the Atlantic City area any onshore bases built to support and supply oil rigs in the ocean.
    • 2021 May 6, Ian Urbina, “Purgatory at Sea”, in The Atlantic[2]:
      The second time La Suprema came into harbor, at the Port of Augusta, in the east of Sicily, I watched the police onshore grow impatient with a teenager who was scheduled to disembark.
  3. Within the country; not overseas.
    • 2023 March 6, Nina Lakhani, “‘We don’t feel safe’: US community in shock after record methane leak”, in The Guardian[3], →ISSN:
      By this measure, it was only the second largest onshore leak in the US last year, surpassed by one near San Antonio, Texas in March which discharged 147 tonnes of methane an hour.


onshore (comparative more onshore, superlative most onshore)

  1. From the sea towards the land.
    • 2005 August 29, Joseph B. Treasterand Kate Zernike, “Hurricane Katrina Moves Onshore, Weaker but Still Threatening Havoc”, in The New York Times[4], →ISSN:
      Like most storms, Hurricane Katrina weakened as it came onshore, and by Monday evening the National Hurricane Center had downgraded it to a tropical storm.


onshore (third-person singular simple present onshores, present participle onshoring, simple past and past participle onshored)

  1. (management) To relocate production, services or jobs to lower-cost locations in the same country.
    • 2023 February 8, Derek Thompson, “Don’t ‘Buy American’”, in The Atlantic[5]:
      I don’t want to suggest that any attempt to onshore production will doom America to runaway costs, supply-chain catastrophes, and frayed global alliances. In many cases, I’m sure there are brilliant reasons to bring back more advanced manufacturing, clean-energy construction, and resource production.

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