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 Two others, maintaining distance, will stand sentinel on the beach below. Tracey Tully, New York Times, "One Beach’s Summer Virus Plan: 197 Groups in Zones 18-Feet Square," 21 May 2020 What follows is Styles and a whole gang of pals frolicking sensually on a beach while eating watermelon, running their hands all over each other and absolutely not social distancing. Kathryn Lindsay, refinery29.com, "Harry Styles’ “Watermelon Sugar” Music Video Has The Sexy Summer Vibes You’re Missing," 18 May 2020 Close our beaches? 'Hell no' For many across Michigan, lockdown anger is about the economy. Tresa Baldas, Freep.com, "Age of Resistance: How a virus riled up Michigan and spawned a rebellion," 17 May 2020 New York City won’t permit swimming at its beaches over Memorial Day weekend and in the coming weeks to try to slow the spread of the new coronavirus, but the ban could be lifted later this summer, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Sunday. Katie Honan, WSJ, "No Swimming at New York City Beaches as Summer Nears," 17 May 2020 During a eulogy at her funeral from Eve (Famke Janssen), Annalise is shown through the years attending her mother's funeral, dancing with Tegan (Amirah Vann) and walking on the beach. Anika Reed, USA TODAY, "'Amazing': 'How to Get Away with Murder' series finale leaves fans pleased, teary-eyed," 15 May 2020 Nothing screams ‘summer’ like gathering around a fire, especially on the beach after dark. T+l Editors, Travel + Leisure, "6 Items T+L Editors Bought to Turn Their Backyards Into a Vacation Getaway," 5 May 2020 For hanging out at the beach or backyard, a small side table keeps drinks close at hand, yummy hot dogs away from your dog’s snout, and can double as a card table or light stand. The Editors, Field & Stream, "Three Keys to Finding Your Next Folding Outdoor Table," 4 May 2020 Webcams showed dozens of people on the beach Saturday, but pools still closed. David Porter, BostonGlobe.com, "Sun draws many out in US, Europe; Russia virus numbers grow," 2 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Byerley’s Montego 19 drifted at anchor within arm’s reach of a white-sand beach, one of about a dozen small sailboats anchored or beached in a row. al, "Fair winds: Sailing along a coast coming back to life," 20 May 2020 Severely damaged by a torpedo and several bomb hits, she was beached before being extensively repaired. Fox News, "Wreck of 'iconic' battleship USS Nevada that survived Pearl Harbor and atomic bomb tests discovered," 12 May 2020 Washington state lawsuit targets trollers — Nearly 1,600 trollers who fish for king salmon in Southeast Alaska could be beached this summer over a lawsuit to protect killer whales — in Puget Sound, Washington. Anchorage Daily News, "Strict new pandemic rules are in place for Alaska fishermen and their vessels," 29 Apr. 2020 Clam issues: Razor clam diggers continue to challenge social distance guidelines on Clatsop County beaches, say biologists and law enforcement officials who are monitoring beaches daily and are concerned about the potential for closing all digging. oregonlive, "Bill Monroe: Complex set of sport salmon fishing seasons proposed," 18 Apr. 2020 Monroe and Brevard County beaches remain open in unincorporated areas to residents only without restrictions other than maintaining distancing protocols. John Haughey, Washington Examiner, "Researcher warns: Shut down and stay off all beaches," 6 Apr. 2020 People came faster than a flock of seagulls chasing a french fry when Florida beaches began reopening Friday as the coronavirus pandemic raged on. Morgan Hines, USA TODAY, "Florida begins reopening beaches amid coronavirus crisis, and people are enthusiastically flocking," 18 Apr. 2020 By the end of the day, I’d beached at least a dozen of my own shad and a dozen more hooked by my dad, his friends, and strangers. Joe Cermele, Outdoor Life, "Fishing the Epic (and Underrated) Shad Run on the Delaware River," 30 Mar. 2020 Meanwhile, 50 or 60 geoduck dive boats and their crews have been beached for more than a month because their market in China is closed due to the coronavirus. Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska shellfish farmers and divers object to paying for federally required lab tests," 17 Mar. 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

25 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Beach.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/beach. Accessed 1 Jun. 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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