1 of 2


: shore pebbles : shingle
: a shore of a body of water covered by sand, gravel, or larger rock fragments
: a seashore area


2 of 2


beached; beaching; beaches

transitive verb

: to run or drive ashore
beaching the landing craft in the assault
The storm damaged and beached half the fleet.
: to strand on or as if on a beach
a beached shark

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.
Recent Examples on the Web
The legislation, House Bill 1365, prohibits municipalities from allowing people to sleep or camp in public places, such as parks and on the beach. Raisa Habersham, Miami Herald, 3 Apr. 2024 Verdant mountains tower over snaking rivers, while pristine, white-sand beaches line the turquoise waters. Emma Reynolds, Robb Report, 3 Apr. 2024 The first is a sarong with large polka dots that can’t go unnoticed and could spice up a plain swimsuit at the beach or pool. Alyssa Grabinski, Peoplemag, 3 Apr. 2024 Follow along for the perfect Keys vacation, which includes everything from snorkeling to seafood dinners to afternoon naps on the dreamy sandy beaches. Caroline Rogers, Southern Living, 2 Apr. 2024 Getty Images Fly from JFK in the morning and be on the beach by noon, sipping palomas surrounded by palm trees and crystalline waters. Amy Louise Bailey, Vogue, 2 Apr. 2024 City officials have selected True Upside Consulting to quickly build the network using 400 parking lots located throughout the sprawling city at libraries, beaches, recreation centers, parks and other public facilities. David Garrick, San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 Apr. 2024 Some travelers consider lounging on the beach, sipping fruity cocktails with tiny umbrellas from sun up to sun down to be a perfectly fine vacation. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, 1 Apr. 2024 Chad and Lori Daybell got married on a Hawaii beach just two weeks after Tammy Daybell’s body was buried. Alex Brizee, Idaho Statesman, 1 Apr. 2024
The island’s wide, open beaches were perfect for careening hulls, beaching ships and listing them to one side to scrape off the foul barnacles and shipworms that infest the tropical Caribbean. Sean Kingsley, Smithsonian Magazine, 2 Apr. 2024 No one else had beached their boat and swam toward me as alpine runoff deadened their limbs. Maggie Slepian, Longreads, 2 Apr. 2024 In 2019, a fin whale beached itself along the Gulf of California in Mexico. Sara Novak, Discover Magazine, 18 Mar. 2024 On Sunday morning, the Venice Police Department announced that the local beach Service Club Park would be closed after a 44-foot-long male sperm whale had beached itself on a sandbar, according to the City of Venice. Charlotte Phillipp, Peoplemag, 11 Mar. 2024 The whale was beached about 50 yards from shore near Service Club Park in Venice, the city said in a statement posted on social media. Stephen Sorace, Fox News, 10 Mar. 2024 Earth’s magnetic field wavered, and living things were bombarded by cosmic rays, confounding the navigational senses of turtles and porpoises, which beached themselves en masse. Zach St. George, New York Times, 5 Mar. 2024 Santa Barbara County beaches along the South Coast will be hit with 7- to 12-foot waves and in some areas 15- to 20-foot sets along west-facing beaches near Point Conception, according to forecasts. Nathan Solis, Los Angeles Times, 30 Dec. 2023 Waves in the 7-to-10-foot range will begin pounding San Diego County beaches early Sunday, likely adding to the widespread coastal erosion the region experienced in recent weeks from a series of powerful winter storms, the National Weather Service said. Gary Robbins, San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 Feb. 2024

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Word History



origin unknown


verbal derivative of beach entry 1

First Known Use


circa 1535, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1799, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of beach was circa 1535

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Cite this Entry

“Beach.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 noun
: a sandy or gravelly part of the shore of a body of water


2 of 2 verb
: to run or drive ashore
beach a boat

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