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breakwater

noun break·wa·ter \ˈbrāk-ˌw-tər, -ˌwä-\

: a wall that is built out into the sea to protect a harbor or beach from the force of waves

Full Definition of BREAKWATER

:  an offshore structure (as a wall) protecting a harbor or beach from the force of waves

First Known Use of BREAKWATER

circa 1769

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