barrier island


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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Without the layers of protection of the marshland and barrier islands, Boustany says, coastal Louisiana -- and the people who live here -- become more vulnerable to increasingly powerful storms. Gena Somra, CNN, "Louisiana's shrinking marshes signal the loss of a way of life," 6 June 2018 Protected as a state park in the 1940s, and wholly owned by the state of Georgia, the buildable land on the barrier island is limited by law to roughly 35 percent, according to the Jekyll Island Authority. Jenna Russell,, "There is magic in those Jekyll Island oaks," 21 June 2018 Blackbeard procured pardons from Eden and spent some of the following months at Bath while his ship was anchored across Pamlico Sound on the barrier island of Ocracoke. John Bordsen, USA TODAY, "N.C.'s haul from ‘native son’ Blackbeard's 300th anniversary: Tourist gold," 22 June 2018 Alberto's approach to the region triggered mandatory evacuations of some small, sparsely populated Gulf Coast barrier islands in one Florida county. Travis Fedschun, Fox News, "Alberto maintains strength as it approaches Gulf Coast, landfall expected on Florida panhandle," 28 May 2018 The storm’s approach also triggered mandatory evacuations of some small, sparsely populated Gulf Coast barrier islands in one Florida county. Rebecca Santana, The Seattle Times, "Storm Alberto gains strength approaching northern Gulf Coast," 27 May 2018 Even in developing world cities like Jakarta, projects billed as climate change mitigation, like constructing artificial barrier islands, are really gussied up luxury real estate boondoggles. Aaron M. Renn, New York Times, "Four Books Explore Various Aspects of Cities Past and Present," 20 Apr. 2018 For $4 million, a large portion of a private, undeveloped barrier island off the southern coast of North Carolina can be yours. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "“Lion’s Share” of Gorgeous, Uninhabited Island off North Carolina for Sale," 29 May 2018 Franklin County, which is in the Florida Panhandle, issued mandatory evacuations for its barrier islands, Reuters reported. Fox News, "Thousands evacuate as Alberto bears down on northern Gulf Coast," 28 May 2018

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1773, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of barrier island

: a long, sandy island that is near a shore

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Kids Definition of barrier island

: 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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