beach

noun
\ ˈbēch How to pronounce beach (audio) \

Definition of beach

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

beach

verb
beached; beaching; beaches

Definition of beach (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Synonyms for beach

Synonyms: Noun

beachfront, sand(s), strand

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Examples of beach in a Sentence

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The blonde on the beach appears to be particularly prolific. Bernard Condon, Houston Chronicle, "Trump Facebook ads use models to portray actual supporters," 2 July 2019 In 1996, a disaffected teen named Alex is given the board game by his father, who found it on a beach. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Leveling up: Danny DeVito and Danny Glover steal trailer for Jumanji sequel," 1 July 2019 As daylight disappeared beyond the horizon, and Southern California beach towns flew past the window of his BMW, Terry’s mind was elsewhere. Jack Harris, latimes.com, "Ducks rookie Troy Terry still working toward his big break in NHL," 29 June 2019 In the early 2000s, as the city shifted from a low-rise beach town into a hotbed of condo development, buyers from Latin America bought up condos in cash, viewing Miami real estate as a safe haven for their savings. Candace Taylor, WSJ, "In Miami, There Are Too Many Condos and Not Enough Foreign Buyers," 27 June 2019 Only a few years ago, Sihanoukville was a sleepy beach town known for its laid-back backpacker vibe. New York Times, "At Least 24 Dead as Building Collapses in Cambodian City," 23 June 2019 Only a few years ago, Sihanoukville was a sleepy beach town known for its laid-back backpacker vibe. Hannah Beech, BostonGlobe.com, "At least 18 dead as building collapses in Cambodian city," 23 June 2019 The Monterey Five are back, but season 2 of Big Little Lies also introduced some new faces in the California beach town. Dana Rose Falcone, PEOPLE.com, "Big Littles Lies' Douglas Smith Says His On-Screen Relationship With Shailene Woodley 'Evolves'," 21 June 2019 And South Florida has some of the top beach towns across the country. Johnny Diaz, sun-sentinel.com, "Sun and sea: South Florida cities rank among best beach towns," 20 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Of the 77 dead whales that have beached along the Pacific Coast so far this year, 30 have come ashore in Washington, the most in nearly two decades. New York Times, "A Beached Whale Needs Somewhere to Rot. How About Your Place?," 17 June 2019 The lodge has a cooking school inside an old crab boat that’s beached near the lodge, which caters to nature-lovers and anglers from around the world. Scott Mcmurren, Anchorage Daily News, "Expecting summer visitors? These 3 trips will give them a great Alaska experience," 8 June 2019 Menomonee Park is the last of the county beaches to open. Henry J. Morgan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Menomonee Park beach opens Saturday. Here's what you need to know.," 15 June 2018 Whales that beach themselves tend to have some sort of distress -- either an illness or injury. Jonathan Tully, ajc, "Pygmy whale dies after beaching on Florida shore," 11 Feb. 2018 Meanwhile, a helicopter crew from an oil rig reported a capsized boat beached on Freemason Island. Michelle Hunter, nola.com, "Coast Guard rescues two boaters stranded off Louisiana coast," 8 June 2019 From fashionable summer frocks to beach-ready accessories, these are musts for fun in the sun. John-john Williams Iv, baltimoresun.com, "Fells Point's Poppy & Stella boutique opens historic Ellicott City location," 5 June 2019 The bow of these LST vessels even had a large door that was used for the unloading of vehicles, while the flat keel allowed the ship to be beached yet stay upright. Fox News, "10 incredible technologies developed for D-Day," 7 June 2019 First-time boaters, take heart: Rental companies provide an orientation that includes a walk-through of your vessel and a demonstration of navigational procedures such as beaching, anchoring, water safety, courtesy and maneuvers. Jill K. Robinson, SFChronicle.com, "Renting a houseboat on Shasta Lake? Read this first.," 7 June 2019

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First Known Use of beach

Noun

circa 1535, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1799, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for beach

Noun

origin unknown

Verb

verbal derivative of beach entry 1

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beach

noun

English Language Learners Definition of beach

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

beach

verb

English Language Learners Definition of beach (Entry 2 of 2)

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

beach

noun
\ ˈbēch How to pronounce beach (audio) \

Kids Definition of beach

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

beach

verb
beached; beaching

Kids Definition of beach (Entry 2 of 2)

: to run or drive ashore beach a boat

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