Definition of breakwater
: an offshore structure (such as a wall) protecting a harbor or beach from the force of waves
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River cruises: A variety of cruises ply the waters of Milwaukee's three rivers and Lake Michigan breakwater in the summer, and not all are of the booze variety.
Folks with walkers and canes enjoy sitting on the benches just watching and listening to the waves crash against the breakwater.
The large waves were not stopped by the King Harbor breakwater.
In addition, the Army Corps will use $2.9 million of the new money to pay for repairs on the Lorain Harbor outer breakwater, where a dive team discovered damage in a metal sheet pile wall, Kornacki said.
At Pillar Point Harbor the breakwater was fishable on most days and people caught perch and rockfish.
Environment Canada was warning that water levels in the Rivière des Prairies were expected to rise by 20 centimeters overnight, weakening dikes, breakwaters and dams set up in key areas to prevent water infiltration, the statement said.
Look for good action off Possession Bar on the south side of Whidbey Island; along the breakwaters at Elliott Bay, Shilshole and Edmonds marinas; Point Evans; south of Hat Island; southeast of Alki Point near the green buoys; and Toliva Shoal.
A large 160-foot stone mole, or breakwater, extends along the east side, defining the military zone of the harbor.
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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
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Definition of breakwater for Students
: an offshore wall to protect a beach or a harbor from the sea
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