beach

1 of 2

noun

1
: shore pebbles : shingle
2
a
: a shore of a body of water covered by sand, gravel, or larger rock fragments
b
: a seashore area

beach

2 of 2

verb

beached; beaching; beaches

transitive verb

1
: to run or drive ashore
beaching the landing craft in the assault
The storm damaged and beached half the fleet.
2
: to strand on or as if on a beach
a beached shark

Example Sentences

Noun We spent the day at the beach. she loves walking along the beach, looking for shells that the waves cast up Verb The pirates beached the ship on the island.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
In The Odyssey, Odysseus washes up on a beach and meets a princess. Matti Friedman, Smithsonian Magazine, 7 Dec. 2022 The scene was filmed in a single day on a beach in Puerto Rico, with Coogler wanting to capture the setting sun. Aaron Couch, The Hollywood Reporter, 21 Nov. 2022 But most of Rick and Michonne’s return is given over to what can only be described as a trailer for their own upcoming spinoff, as Rick surrenders on a beach to an unseen entity and Michonne saddles up a horse in pursuit. Jessica Liese, Variety, 20 Nov. 2022 On Wednesday, Border Patrol agents seized 198 pounds of cocaine worth about $2 million abandoned next to a makeshift vessel on a beach in Quebradillas, Puerto Rico. Adolfo Flores, WSJ, 17 Nov. 2022 Until Hsu took down many of the photos, his Instagram account showed him using the cameras on trips to countries including Japan, Australia and Italy, as well as on the beach in Crystal Cove State Park. Los Angeles Times, 16 Nov. 2022 In March, 114 Rohingya refugees were also found on a beach in neighboring Bireuen district. Yayan Zamzami, ajc, 16 Nov. 2022 Additional photos in the post show the duo making funny faces at the camera in matching gray hoodies and posing on a beach. Kimberlee Speakman, Peoplemag, 14 Nov. 2022 Wakanda Forever ends with Shuri on a beach in Haiti, mourning the deaths of both her mother, Queen Ramonda, played by Angela Bassett, and T’Challa, played by the late Chadwick Boseman. Moises Mendez Ii, Time, 11 Nov. 2022
Verb
There, breathtaking cliffs and sand dunes give way to beach breaks and barreling waves that locals say hold their own among the best in Europe, especially in the winter months when conditions tend to peak. Isabella Kwai, New York Times, 30 Oct. 2022 She’s the daughter of Carl Henkel, an AVP pro and beach volleyball Olympian. . . . Eric Sondheimer, Los Angeles Times, 19 Sep. 2022 When something goes awry, like a mistake in echolocation or an illness, pilot whales tend to beach themselves altogether. Riley Farrell, ABC News, 12 Oct. 2022 One of the men managed to work his way against the stream and beach himself on a nearby sandbar. David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, 10 Oct. 2022 The Good Housekeeping Institute Textiles Lab tests towels of all kinds — from bath towels to beach towels. Amanda Constantine, Good Housekeeping, 10 Oct. 2022 After a summer spent in bikinis, baseball caps, and beach cover-ups, Kendall Jenner has turned her attention to fall fashion. Alice Cary, Glamour, 23 Aug. 2022 Join sunbathers, who bring towels or beach chairs to stretch out along the rocks after navigating the narrow caruggi, to enjoy the get-away-from-it-all vibe. Catherine Sabino, Forbes, 11 Aug. 2022 Tommy Bahama is a best-selling brand for all summer gear, especially beach chairs. Jacqueline Saguin, Good Housekeeping, 2 Aug. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

origin unknown

Verb

verbal derivative of beach entry 1

First Known Use

Noun

circa 1535, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1799, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of beach was circa 1535

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Cite this Entry

“Beach.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/beach. Accessed 27 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

beach 1 of 2

noun

: a sandy or gravelly part of the shore of a body of water

beach

2 of 2

verb

: to run or drive ashore
beach a boat

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