sea·​wall | \ ˈsē-ˌwȯl How to pronounce seawall (audio) \

Definition of seawall

: a wall or embankment to protect the shore from erosion or to act as a breakwater

Examples of seawall in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Embarcadero seawall will be needed to protect cities. Joe Garofoli,, 18 Jan. 2021 In an aerial video released by the group, the whale could be seen very close to a seawall near one of Barcelona's main beaches. Mike Fuller, Star Tribune, 10 May 2021 In an aerial video released by the group, the whale could be seen only meters (yards) away from a seawall near one of Barcelona’s main beaches., 10 May 2021 The state previously approved an easement for a century-old seawall on the property, allowing owners to keep the structure in place. Sophie Cocke, ProPublica, 15 Aug. 2020 Early Saturday morning, several Lincoln Beach residents awoke to find a seawall on Lincoln Avenue had collapsed from erosion, dozens of its 35-foot tall concrete pilings breaking free and tumbling onto the beach below by Monday afternoon. oregonlive, 5 Mar. 2021 But virus and human will grow accustomed to each other, reaching something of a détente; immunity will, over time, build like a seawall. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, 24 Feb. 2021 Typically, property owners have to pay the state fair-market value to lease the public land that is under a seawall, which can amount to hundreds of thousands of dollars. Sophie Cocke, ProPublica, 5 Dec. 2020 The Corps is considering that request, along with proposals to elevate the levee, add more sand to the western end and perhaps even to build a seawall. Halle Parker | Staff Writer,, 15 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of seawall

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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11 Jun 2021

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“Seawall.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of seawall

: a wall built to keep sea waves from coming up onto land


sea·​wall | \ ˈsē-ˌwȯl How to pronounce seawall (audio) \

Kids Definition of seawall

: a bank or a wall to prevent sea waves from eroding the shore

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