• A temporary support for formwork and fresh concrete or for recently built structures that have not developed full design strength. See also T-head. See also post, prop, strut, tom.


  • noun a beach or sandy area at the edge of the sea or of a lake

Origin & History of “shore”

English has two words shore. The one meaning ‘land at the water’s edge’ (14th c.) was borrowed from middle Dutch or Middle Low German schōre, which probably came from the Germanic base *skur- ‘cut’ (source also of English score, shear, etc). Shore ‘support’ (14th c.), as in ‘shore up’, comes from Middle Dutch schōren ‘prop’, a word of unknown origin.