noun \ˈbēch\

: an area covered with sand or small rocks that is next to an ocean or lake

Full Definition of BEACH

:  shore pebbles :  shingle
a :  a shore of a body of water covered by sand, gravel, or larger rock fragments
b :  a seashore area

Examples of BEACH

  1. We spent the day at the beach.
  2. <she loves walking along the beach, looking for shells that the waves cast up>

Origin of BEACH

origin unknown
First Known Use: circa 1535

Other Geology Terms

anthracite, boulder, cwm, erratic, igneous, intrusive, mesa, sedimentary, silt, swale



: to cause (a boat or ship) to go out of the water and onto a beach

Full Definition of BEACH

transitive verb
:  to run or drive ashore
:  to strand on or as if on a beach

Examples of BEACH

  1. The pirates beached the ship on the island.

First Known Use of BEACH


Other Nautical Terms

avast, aweigh, flotsam, jib, keel, lee, port, starboard, stay


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Sediments that accumulate along sea or lake shores. One type of beach occurs as a sediment strip bordering a rocky or cliffy coast. A second type is the outer margin of a marine plain. The third type consists of narrow sediment barriers stretching for dozens or even hundreds of miles parallel to the general direction of the coast. These barriers separate lagoons from the open sea and generally are dissected by tidal inlets. Certain sediment forelands, such as spits, points, and tombolos (which connect an island with a mainland), occasionally are called beaches.


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