On coast or on land regarding the land adjacent to liquid to the coast toward land aground when put on a ship occasionally in opposition to aboard or afloat
- towards coast from the water
- On shore or on land; regarding land right beside water; to the shore; to the land; aground (whenever put on a ship); -- often opposed to aboard or afloat.
1580s, "toward the coast," from a- (1) + coast (n.). Indicating "on the coast" is from 1630s. Center English had ashore (late 15c.), but it suggested "on a slant," actually "propped up," from shore (v.).
(adv.) On shore or on land; regarding land next to liquid; on coast; into land; aground (when applied to a ship); -- occasionally against aboard or afloat.
They told me in Nantucket, though it certainly seems a curious story, that when he sailed the old Categut whaleman, his crew, upon arriving home, were mostly all carried ashore to the hospital, sore exhausted and worn out.