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 slow road will take you to Parksville and Qualicum Beach, quiet towns with cool little shops and cafés—and even quieter beaches. Outside Online, "The Best Places to Savor Fall in British Columbia," 14 Aug. 2019 The store, which is strategically located on the highway leading to the tourist-heavy Alabama Gulf Coast beaches, opened in January. al, "How Buc-ee’s took America by storm," 14 Aug. 2019 And then there’s the Dylan/Hannah/Blake triangle, which took on a new shape when Dylan tried to break up Blake and Hannah’s dance-on-the-beach kiss fest. Ew Staff, EW.com, "What to Watch on Tuesday: Tiffany Haddish wants you to see these comics on Netflix’s They Ready," 13 Aug. 2019 But now, as sporting director, Stewart will take on totally new responsibilities overseeing the MNT and WNT, to say nothing of the youth and extended national teams (beach, futsal and para 7-a-side) and high-performance and analytics departments. Grant Wahl, SI.com, "Questions Still Linger Around U.S. Soccer Despite Reorganization of Technical Staff," 12 Aug. 2019 Lake went to the beach, pored through copies of Seventeen magazine, and shopped on Third Street with her best friends, twins named Jan and Joan. Joe Mozingo, Los Angeles Times, "How Charles Manson cast his spell on homecoming queens, honor students and dropouts," 11 Aug. 2019 One of the project, scheduled to be completed by Dec. 31, 2023, would include building Crystal Lagoon along with the surf-and-beach park, the hotel and conference center and the infrastructure. David Tarrant, Dallas News, "Surf’s up: Wave pool, Crystal Lagoon among plans unveiled at town hall for new $1B Rowlett development," 9 Aug. 2019 The hotel is situated between two private beaches--one on the Atlantic Ocean and one on the Nantucket Bay. Hannah Seligson, Town & Country, "The Best Room At... The Wauwinet," 9 Aug. 2019 Looking around the beach, the vast number of plastic rocks became apparent. Daniel Wolfe, Quartz, "How plastic turns into rocks and ends up on our beaches," 8 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Crews of wildlife professionals and ordinary citizens were working to save a young humpback whale on Thursday that beached itself near Waldport on the Oregon coast, officials said. oregonlive.com, "Rescue crews work to save young humpback whale stranded on Oregon beach," 15 Aug. 2019 The last two of five pilot whales that beached themselves earlier this week off Florida’s Gulf coast have been released back into the sea. Richard Tribou, orlandosentinel.com, "Last two pilot whales from Florida mass stranding released back to sea," 2 Aug. 2019 According to Sarah Emerson of Vice, at least a dozen of the animals repeatedly beached themselves. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Georgia Beachgoers Help Save Pod of Stranded Pilot Whales," 19 July 2019 Multiple pilot whales repeatedly beached themselves on St. Simons Island on Tuesday, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources said in a statement. Sophie Lewis, CBS News, "Dramatic video shows Georgia beachgoers rescuing dozens of beached whales," 17 July 2019 As a punishment for beaching transfer regulations relating to international minors, Chelsea are banned by FIFA from registering new players until next summer. SI.com, "Chelsea to Rival Arsenal & Everton in Pursuit of Wilfried Zaha Despite Transfer Ban," 26 July 2019 The Park District tests beach water for elevated bacteria levels every day using a rapid analysis test conducted by a team from the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health. Marie Fazio, chicagotribune.com, "Evanston beaches closed, advisories lifted at North Side beaches as heat sets in," 19 July 2019 Fishermen report finding dead dolphins floating in water near shore or beached in the marshes, covered in painful skin lesions that scientists have linked to freshwater exposure. Rocky Kistner, WIRED, "Gulf Fisheries Are Under Siege—Now Comes Tropical Storm Barry," 12 July 2019 The Latest on efforts to keep a group of pilot whales from beaching themselves in Georgia (all times local): 3:20 p.m. Washington Post, "The Latest: Biologist: Whales moving away from Georgia coast," 17 July 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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