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

Also dropped as part of the latest modifications was a proposal to include a pedestrian bridge across the lagoon channel near its outlet at the beach. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Agreement close on Buena Vista Lagoon restoration," 11 Sep. 2019 Cooling off with a cold beverage after a day at the beach or on the golf course seems only natural. BostonGlobe.com, "Cape Cod is officially awash in craft beer - The Boston Globe," 10 Sep. 2019 Tom loved hockey, the Dallas Cowboys, good food, being outside working on the yard or spending time at the beach. courant.com, "Thomas W. Callahan," 8 Sep. 2019 But today, instead of rocking a bikini at the beach, Ratajkowski incorporated a white bikini top into her street style outfit. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Emily Ratajkowski Wore an Inamorata Bikini as a Shirt to Fashion Week," 5 Sep. 2019 Saks Fifth Avenue hosted a peaceful weekend at the beach right before the summer was meant to slip away. Kerry Pieri, Harper's BAZAAR, "Need a Happiness Workout? There's an App for That," 4 Sep. 2019 This was decades before air conditioning became a common convenience, and society women were expected to cover up in full, polished outfits even while on vacation, and especially for outings at the beach. Kami Phillips, CNN Underscored, "10 white styles you should totally wear after Labor Day," 29 Aug. 2019 His team went fishing during one off day in the state tournament and had a picnic retreat at the beach during regionals. Jack Harriswriter, Los Angeles Times, "Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger learned to love baseball at the Little League World Series," 24 Aug. 2019 But here’s one of us smiling in front of redwood trees, one at the beach. Summer Block, Longreads, "Better Late," 23 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

More than 60 gray whales have beached on the Pacific coast halfway through the year, experts say. oregonlive.com, "Gray whale washes ashore at Sunset Beach amid spike in beachings," 17 June 2019 That means Labor Day will offer great discounts on everything from shorts and tank tops to beach cover-ups and more. Nicole Spector, NBC News, "The best Labor Day sales — and what deals aren't worth the hype," 29 Aug. 2019 Gold Bluffs Beach Campground: Located adjacent to beach on road to Fern Canyon; 26 sites for tents or cab-over campers or motor homes up to 24 feet (no trailers permitted); $35 per night. Tom Stienstra, SFChronicle.com, "As crowds diminish, Prairie Creek Redwoods stands tall," 21 Aug. 2019 Some of her favorite activities included reading, puzzling, dancing, beaching on Cape Cod, and especially wintering in FL to visit family. courant.com, "Viola D. Gallant," 30 July 2019 Dozens of pilot whales beached themselves on a Georgia shore and most were rescued by authorities and onlookers who pulled the animals further into the water. Washington Post, "Georgia beachgoers help pilot whales from stranding on shore," 17 July 2019 Views vary from street and village views to harbor and beach vistas. Pamela Wright, BostonGlobe.com, "Block Island Beach House is updated, but still honors the past," 29 Aug. 2019 Freeze and throw them in the cooler and take to beach or pool. Doreen Christensen, sun-sentinel.com, "It’s nearly 100 degrees out and you need these Costco vodka poptails in your life now," 19 Aug. 2019 The first, the Tuscarora, was crushed by ice during the winter of 1931 after his grandfather and crew were forced to beach it during a storm. Brian E. Clark, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A 1945 fishing tug gets a new life as a tour boat in Michigan," 2 Aug. 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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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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