breakwater

noun
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

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The air on the long breakwater has the rich, organic smell of hundreds of damp animals. Sallie Tisdale, Harper's magazine, "Catechism of the Waters," 10 June 2019 Some miles out to sea, beyond an old breakwater, the misty spouts of whales make rare and treasured appearances. James R. Carroll, USA TODAY, "Cape Ann, Massachusetts: A charming alternative to Cape Cod with sandy beaches and fried clams," 3 June 2019 Today, however, so many marinas, jetties and breakwaters have been built along the Atlantic coast that the flow of incoming sand has been blocked. Vince Beiser, WSJ, "The Battle for Our Beaches," 19 July 2018 Construction of this breakwater, shown in May, is part of a port project in Colombo, Sri Lanka under China’s Belt and Road Initiative. Niharika Mandhana, WSJ, "U.S. Fights China for Influence, One Project at a Time," 13 Nov. 2018 Tours aren't available of the small structure, but visitors can walk along the 2,500-foot breakwater to get a closer look. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "8 spectacular Lake Michigan lighthouses to visit in Wisconsin," 12 July 2018 The breakwater of the wharf is fascinating with huge granite obelisks bent by storms lining the granite rocks like seaside grave stones. Peter Marteka, courant.com, "A Visit To Stonington's Seashore And Preserve Where Expansive Views And Connecticut History Are Showcased," 6 July 2018 The trail has several viewpoints along the rocky shoreline and a breakwater. Peter Marteka, courant.com, "A Visit To Stonington's Seashore And Preserve Where Expansive Views And Connecticut History Are Showcased," 6 July 2018 Recurring storm damage and erosion led to construction of the breakwater, which began in 1881, stimulating development and improvement along Lake Michigan. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee loves its rivers and Lake Michigan — and keeps abusing them, too," 3 July 2018

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First Known Use of breakwater

circa 1769, in the meaning defined above

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breakwater

noun

English Language Learners Definition of breakwater

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

breakwater

noun
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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