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

For women of reproductive age, the season once associated with the beach, rooftops, and weekend trips has been overrun with bachelorette parties, rehearsal dinners, and wedding ceremonies. Samantha Leac, Glamour, "20 Percent of Americans Have Gone Into Debt From Attending a Wedding," 8 May 2019 That's why a brief drive in the car without any sunscreen leaves you a little pink, while falling asleep for a few hours in a beach chair leads to a much redder, angrier burn. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "How Long a Sunburn Lasts Before Fading Away — And How to Make It Heal Faster," 17 Apr. 2019 Most of these animals don’t wash up on beaches, which means the plastic can stay in the ocean and go on to do even more damage. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "A Whale Washed Up on a Beach with 88 Pounds of Plastic in Its Stomach," 19 Mar. 2019 Built into the side of a sand dune on a quiet beach, the contemporary art museum is quite literally part of the landscape. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Otherworldly new museum is built into a sand dune," 17 Dec. 2018 The winds of a hurricane literally blow water onshore, making beaches, inlets, and rivers crest much higher than usual. Brian Resnick, Vox, "Hurricane Florence catastrophic flooding, rescues, and deaths: what we know," 14 Sep. 2018 Remember the picture of him laying on the beach chair? Fox News, "McCarthy: Mueller is pursuing obstruction case against Trump," 21 Aug. 2018 Take along a sandwich to eat from your beach chair. Kathleen Purvis, charlotteobserver, "The best thing to eat at Wrightsville Beach (and the best food to bring back with you)," 12 July 2018 The little city on Lake Michigan in northern Kewaunee County is a great getaway, with a state bike trail, a beach, a historic winery and a newer craft brewery. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Algoma is a day trip away along Lake Michigan," 12 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The Department of Conservation responds to around 85 beaching incidents per year, but typically each incident involves only a single animal. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Nearly 150 Pilot Whales Washed Up on a Beach in New Zealand," 27 Nov. 2018 In the 2016 and 2017 state budgets, $30 million went to beach renourishment projects around the state. Dan Sweeney, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Florida has spent more than $100 million pouring more sand onto beaches in the past three years. Is it time to wave a white flag?," 8 June 2018 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

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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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