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

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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 Delaware’s beach towns are open to the public, but government and public health officials warn that everyone’s help is needed to curb the spread of COVID-19. USA TODAY, "NYC taxis, Fisher Cats, casinos: News from around our 50 states," 31 July 2020 Just about every outside establishing location shot in Warrior Nun that features the ocean, the beach, or both is a view of Málaga, Spain. Rachel Paige, refinery29.com, "Warrior Nun’s Filming Locations Throughout Spain Will Make A Great Travel Itinerary… Someday," 5 July 2020 Sitting on the beach or a park lawn was possible for the masked and the socially distant. Steve Rubenstein, SFChronicle.com, "Uncle Sam’s big day not quite so star spangled," 4 July 2020 Delaware’s governor ordered bars in some beach towns to close, saying people were getting complacent about masks and social distancing. John Seewer, Anchorage Daily News, "‘Huge bummer’: Fourth of July will test Americans’ discipline during pandemic," 3 July 2020 Delaware's governor ordered bars in some beach towns to close, saying people were getting complacent about masks and social distancing. John Seewer, ajc, "'Huge bummer': July Fourth will test Americans' discipline," 3 July 2020 Delaware’s governor ordered bars in some beach towns to close ahead of the holiday, saying people were getting complacent about masks and social distancing. John Seewer, BostonGlobe.com, "July Fourth weekend will test Americans’ discipline," 3 July 2020 And with hundreds of miles of attractive shoreline peppered with small- to medium-sized beach towns, occupancy rates tend to be high year-round while competition can be low. Marisa Spyker, Southern Living, "10 Best Places in Florida to Buy a Vacation Home This Year," 30 June 2020 Whether on a sandy beach or a muddy riverbank, there's just something so sweet about spending the day on the water with friends. Natalie Schumann, Country Living, "65 Summer Country Songs That Never Get Old," 25 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In California, which is on the list of states seeing increasing COVID-19 cases, beach opening decisions are made by local officials and vary by county. Leena Kim, Town & Country, "Is It Safe to Go to the Beach Right Now?," 13 July 2020 Stilin’s book showcases 14 additional interior projects, ranging from urban apartments and townhouses to beach and country homes. Robert Rufino, ELLE Decor, "Designer Robert Stilin’s First Book is Packed with the Chicest Interiors," 5 Nov. 2019 Health officials have said many of those testing positive lately are younger people who frequented bars and restaurants or who traveled out of state to beach towns and other locales. USA TODAY, "Nail salons, strip club outbreak, Harvard from afar: News from around our 50 states," 8 July 2020 This isn't a surprise given the growing case count in Los Angeles and its proximity to beach havens such as Orange County. Sy Mukherjee, Fortune, "Staying safe this Fourth of July weekend," 2 July 2020 Azalea One-Piece Swimsuit Get ready for a day at the pool, lake, or beach with this patterned one-piece swimsuit. Christie Calucchia, Southern Living, "Lilly Pulitzer Just Discounted Over 700 Items for Its Huge Summer Sale," 29 June 2020 Other recommendations to beach managers include: limit the occupancy of small spaces, encourage the use of masks or face coverings when not in the water, carpool only with people in their household, and maintain good hygiene etiquette. Gisela Crespo, CNN, "CDC issues recommendations to help protect beachgoers from Covid-19 spread," 18 June 2020 Bay County in Florida and Baldwin County in Alabama, both home to beach cities, have seen contact rates above February levels since early May. Bay County began reopening on May 4, and reopening in Alabama began May 11. Nigel Chiwaya, NBC News, "Analysis: Data from 15M phones shows some Americans are gathering at pre-pandemic levels," 11 June 2020 Brookfield's Fox Brook Park and Menomonee Falls' Menomonee Park beaches will be the only county beaches with lifeguards on duty, according to Emily Heller, public communications coordinator for the Waukesha County Department of Parks and Land Use. Cathy Kozlowicz, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Despite COVID-19, Waukesha County parks opened its beaches for swimming," 2 June 2020

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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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Time Traveler for beach

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The first known use of beach was circa 1535

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Last Updated

9 Aug 2020

Cite this Entry

“Beach.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/beach. Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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More Definitions for beach

beach

noun
How to pronounce beach (audio)

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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