breakwater

noun break·wa·ter \ ˈbrāk-ˌwȯ-tər , -ˌwä- \
Updated on: 9 Nov 2017

Definition of breakwater

:an offshore structure (such as a wall) protecting a harbor or beach from the force of waves

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First Known Use of breakwater

circa 1769

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BREAKWATER Defined for English Language Learners

breakwater

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Definition of breakwater for English Language Learners

  • : a wall that is built out into the sea to protect a harbor or beach from the force of waves


BREAKWATER Defined for Kids

breakwater

noun break·wa·ter \ ˈbrāk-ˌwȯ-tər , -ˌwä- \

Definition of breakwater for Students

:an offshore wall to protect a beach or a harbor from the sea

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