break·​wa·​ter | \ ˈbrāk-ˌwȯ-tər How to pronounce breakwater (audio) , -ˌwä- \

Definition of breakwater

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

Examples of breakwater in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The property has three deeded buoys for mooring boats and a breakwater jetty with a private pier. Katherine Clarke, WSJ, 19 May 2022 Austin will discharge from the breakwater above the State Harbor. Sault Ste. Elizabeth Hosang, Detroit Free Press, 29 June 2022 One overhead shot toward the end, of a breakwater road slicing through the middle of a magnificent physical setting, is an absolute stunner. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 23 May 2022 The lighthouse, completed in 1935, sits 2,500 feet out along a breakwater made of steel decking, stones and concrete, according to the Ozaukee County website. Erik S. Hanley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 30 Mar. 2022 The Marine Exchange can direct them either to an area close to the Long Beach breakwater or down the coast off Huntington Beach. Los Angeles Times, 6 Oct. 2021 The space in between the shore and the breakwater will be partially filled in, using material dredged from the Mobile Ship Channel, to create marshland that will further protect the causeway from wave impacts. al, 10 May 2021 But the cold didn't stop guests from venturing across the mile-long rocky breakwater to catch an up-close glimpse of the Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse. Travel + Leisure, 24 Jan. 2022 Building the terminal and breakwater cost about $50 million. J.k. Dineen, San Francisco Chronicle, 1 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of breakwater

circa 1769, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of breakwater was circa 1769

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20 Jul 2022

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“Breakwater.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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break·​wa·​ter | \ ˈbrāk-ˌwȯ-tər How to pronounce breakwater (audio) , -ˌwä- \

Kids Definition of breakwater

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

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