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beach

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noun \ˈbēch\

Definition of beach

  1. 1 :  shore pebbles :  shingle

  2. 2a :  a shore of a body of water covered by sand, gravel, or larger rock fragmentsb :  a seashore area

Examples of beach in a Sentence

  1. We spent the day at the beach.

  2. she loves walking along the beach, looking for shells that the waves cast up

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Origin and Etymology of beach

origin unknown


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beach

verb

Definition of beach

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to run or drive ashore beaching the landing craft in the assault The storm damaged and beached half the fleet.

  3. 2 :  to strand on or as if on a beach a beached shark

Examples of beach in a Sentence

  1. The pirates beached the ship on the island.

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Origin and Etymology of beach

verbal derivative of 1beach

Other Nautical Terms



BEACH Defined for English Language Learners

beach

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noun

Definition of beach for English Language Learners

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

beach

verb

Definition of beach for English Language Learners

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


BEACH Defined for Kids

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beach

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noun \ˈbēch\

Definition of beach for Students

  1. :  a sandy or gravelly part of the shore of an ocean or a lake


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beach

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verb

Definition of beach for Students

beached

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beaching

  1. :  to run or drive ashore beach a boat



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