barrier island

noun
|Updated on: 13 Aug 2018

Definition of barrier island

: a long broad sandy island lying parallel to a shore that is built up by the action of waves, currents, and winds and that protects the shore from the effects of the ocean

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Definition of barrier island for English Language Learners

  • : a long, sandy island that is near a shore


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: a long broad sandy island parallel to a shore that is built up by the action of waves, currents, and winds

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