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

Hollywood Beach Sweep Clean-up On the 2nd Saturday of each month, volunteers collect litter and cigarette butts from the beach. Mary Lou Cruz, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Fort Lauderdale area events July 18-28," 13 July 2018 From that beach, preregistered teams that have built crafts out of, yes, cardboard will competitively sail — and often sink. Laurel Graeber, New York Times, "9 Things to Do With Your Kids in N.Y.C. This Weekend," 12 July 2018 The new law left many citizens confused as to who had access to certain areas of the beach. Jacob Sweet, miamiherald, "Contradicting law he signed, Gov. Rick Scott orders that Florida beaches be kept open to public," 12 July 2018 The law also prohibited homes or developments from blocking public access to beaches and created the California Coastal Commission to enforce these mandates. Peter Fimrite, SFChronicle.com, "Fight brewing over Privates Beach in Santa Cruz County, which charges $100 yearly fee," 12 July 2018 The beaches will be cooler than inland but still very hot. J. Harry Jones, latimes.com, "Dangerous Southern California heat wave beginning today is 'one for the record books'," 6 July 2018 The beaches are downright gorgeous, and cleaner and more surfable than most back home. Erin Florio, Condé Nast Traveler, "What to Do in Sydney: The Black Book," 5 July 2018 From the 1870s through the 1920s, the hot beach was the stretch of the Milwaukee River north of the North Ave. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee loves its rivers and Lake Michigan — and keeps abusing them, too," 3 July 2018 Those beaches are at Silver Sands State Park in Milford and Black Rock State Park in Watertown. courant.com, "Brutal Heat Ahead, But Bacteria Could Close Four State Beaches This Weekend," 29 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 The sightings Thursday mean that great white sharks have been spotted off Cape Cod beaches three out of four days since Monday. John R. Ellement, BostonGlobe.com, "Great white shark named James and another with no name spotted off Cape," 5 July 2018 More information on Waukesha County beaches is available at bit.ly/WaukeshaCountybeaches. Henry J. Morgan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Menomonee Park beach opens Saturday. Here's what you need to know.," 15 June 2018 Over 800 people who flocked to Central Florida beaches over the weekend and into Monday walked away with painful jellyfish stings, according to multiple outlets. Caitlin Keating, PEOPLE.com, "Over 800 People Stung by Jellyfish at Central Florida Beaches in Only Three Days," 13 June 2018 The last commenter in that section of Facebook comments lays the blame where most experts do — beach erosion due to shoreline construction. Dan Sweeney, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Build sea walls and jetties, plant mangroves — readers share their alternatives to piling sand on beaches," 11 June 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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