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

While dogs aren’t allowed at organized athletic fields, beaches or children’s play areas in the city, they are allowed — on a leash — at most city parks. The Seattle Times, "A dog’s life in Seattle," 15 Oct. 2018 Yes, that means no pool, beach, or hot tub Jacuzzi situation. Noel Cymone Walker, SELF, "7 Lessons I Learned the Hard Way Wearing My Hair Natural at the Beach," 25 Sep. 2018 The calendar pages from June, July and August 1982, which were examined by The New York Times, show that Judge Kavanaugh was out of town much of the summer at the beach or away with his parents. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "Moral anchors aweigh on Kavanaugh, Rosenstein," 24 Sep. 2018 Of course, not all parks and beaches will allow alcohol on the premises (these 21 shores will allow it, apparently), so check your local laws and regulations before heading out. Candace Braun Davison, House Beautiful, "This Outdoor Wine Table Lets You Enjoy Happy Hour Anywhere," 23 July 2018 All are known for either their beaches or golf courses. Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY, "Dream homes: Five tempting homes for sale in Savannah," 11 July 2018 And stay away from open spaces such as golf courses, parks, playgrounds, ponds, lakes, swimming pools, and beaches. Gary Robbins, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Lightning can cause wildfires — and death — in a flash," 8 July 2018 For many people, the blue skies and temperatures in the 80s — even, occasionally, the 90s — are a rare gift, especially after a long, snowy winter, and Britons are flocking to beaches and parks by the thousands. New York Times, "U.K. ‘Heat Wave’? Irish ‘Drought’? Unfamiliar Words for Unfamiliar Times," 4 July 2018 Overall, the beach and park district plans to pay more than $1 million for the improvements. Marci Shatzman, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Boca Raton nature center to get new 40-foot overlook tower," 4 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The Department of Conservation responds to around 85 beaching incidents per year, but typically each incident involves only a single animal. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Nearly 150 Pilot Whales Washed Up on a Beach in New Zealand," 27 Nov. 2018 In the 2016 and 2017 state budgets, $30 million went to beach renourishment projects around the state. Dan Sweeney, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Florida has spent more than $100 million pouring more sand onto beaches in the past three years. Is it time to wave a white flag?," 8 June 2018 This woman is wanted in connection to the marijuana that washed up on Flagler County beaches [on] 9/13/18. Kathleen Joyce, Fox News, "Florida police searching for bikini-clad woman captured hugging bundle of pot on beach," 19 Sep. 2018 Schettino beached the Concordia in about 45 feet of water. Barbara S. Peterson, Popular Mechanics, "What Went Wrong on the Costa Concordia," 14 July 2014 While here, Martin enjoyed the local shops, and biked and beached in nearby Forte dei Marmi. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "La DoubleJ Designer JJ Martin Shares Her Guide to Adventuring in Italy," 26 Sep. 2018 After beaching on the tide flats, the canoes were immediately surrounded by up to 50 people who picked them up, carried them across the muddy ground and left them above the high-tide line. Craig Sailor, The Seattle Times, "‘It’s amazing’: Puyallup Tribe hosts more than 100 tribes traveling Salish Sea," 28 July 2018 Benitez also participates in Key Club, an international service organization for high school students to work on projects ranging from community food drives to beach clean-up projects. P.k. Daniel, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Union-Tribune Academic Athletes of the Year," 7 June 2018 June 6 - Officially announced that Allied troops beached in France at 1630. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, "Service Diary of a Corpsman: Roy L. Wall, LST 509," 28 May 2018

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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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The first known use of beach was circa 1535

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More Definitions for beach

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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