beach

noun
\ ˈbēch \

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 cost of Fyre wasn’t to investors and credulous hipsters who wanted to party with Major Lazer and Blink-182 on a white-sand beach. Taylor Antrim, Vogue, "Netflix’s Fyre Is a Story You Have to See to Believe," 15 Jan. 2019 This includes anyone riding a Sea-Doo, anyone who rented a beach cabana, and anyone driving a Jeep Wrangler with no doors. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "How Long Does It Take to Remove the Doors on a Wrangler?," 31 Dec. 2018 Riches, poverty, piratical avarice, life as a beach. Horatio Clare, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why You Should Go to Belize Now," 21 Dec. 2018 Outside the home provides access to a private beach to swim and multiple areas for outdoor entertaining. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Octagonal midcentury home on a lake asks $489K," 12 Oct. 2018 The hotel is built on an 1830s estate, surrounded by a private park and situated on a secluded pebble beach with stunning, cinematic views of the Bay of Mazzarò. Howie Kahn, Smithsonian, "These Volcanic, Italian Islands Have Been Beloved by Travelers Since Homeric Times," 11 July 2018 Midwest The Basics Nestled in a residential neighborhood with walking access to a 20-mile-long sandy beach on Lake Michigan, this waterfront resort has 78 rooms, all with fireplaces and outdoor seating. New York Times, "Looking for a Weekend Escape? Here Are 5 Family-Friendly Options," 6 July 2018 Photo: MediaPunch/REX/Shutterstock A honeymoon checklist typically involves vacay activities like snorkeling, sightseeing, or laying on a lounge chair with a quality beach read. refinery29.com, "Kaley Cuoco Had Surgery On Her "Honeymoon"," 6 July 2018 Downhill turns from the main road will likely lead to a beach. Gabriele Steinhauser, WSJ, "Fantasized About Being a Castaway? Check Out This Island Holiday," 18 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 The apparent drowning death came as San Diego County beaches remain under a high surf advisory, with 4- to 6-foot waves propelled by a south swell. Karen Kucher, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Man found dead from apparent drowning in Pacific Beach," 12 June 2018 The small cameras could also be used to better understand why whales beach themselves and to more quickly locate sunken ships or planes lost at sea. Jenny Staletovich, miamiherald, "Lost at sea? This camera mimics way shrimp see and might help rescuers find you | Miami Herald," 4 Apr. 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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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 \

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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