sea·wall | \ˈsē-ˌwȯl \

Definition of seawall 

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

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Use crickets and redworms near docks and seawalls for bluegills, bream and warmouth. Mark Blythe,, "Central Florida fishing forecast: July 10," 7 July 2018 The Annual Town Meeting in March had appropriated funding for the Abbot Hall and seawall work contingent on passage of the debt exclusions, which allow the town to temporarily raise its property tax cap in order to repay debt from the projects. John Laidler,, "Marblehead voters agree to tax increases for town repairs," 28 June 2018 The sand squabble is hardly unusual in Del Mar, where attorneys representing wealthy property owners frequently face off over seawall disputes, land-use policies, dog-leash laws, and who gets free use of the community center. Phil Diehl,, "Mansion owner taking sand squabble to ballot box," 4 July 2018 The town annually allots $7,500 for seawall repairs each year, but Nieto said the extent of repairs needed this year due to the storms necessitated the additional funding request. John Laidler,, "Marblehead voters agree to tax increases for town repairs," 28 June 2018 Last week, San Francisco leaders agreed to put a $425 million bond on the November ballot for upgrading the three-mile seawall along the city’s Embarcadero. Kurtis Alexander,, "Many coastal properties may be flooded out by 2045, climate report warns," 17 June 2018 Monument officials recently joined with the New Jersey Transportation Department to conduct an investigation into the seawall’s condition. Lara Korte, WSJ, "U.S. Grants $33 Million for Ellis Island Seawall," 6 June 2018 Failure to comply could result in the Coastal Commission refusing to certify the city's plan, thus robbing Del Mar of the authority to approve permits for developments such as seawalls, homes, businesses, roads and other structures. Phil Diehl,, "Del Mar considers unpopular 'planned retreat' strategy due to rising sea level," 20 May 2018 The suits, filed by the cities of Oakland and San Francisco, are seeking damages from BP, Chevron, Exxon Mobil, Shell, and ConocoPhillips to pay for seawalls and other infrastructure to deal with the impacts of climate change. Umair Irfan, Vox, "A federal judge in a climate change lawsuit is forcing oil companies to cough up internal documents," 25 May 2018

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15th century, in the meaning defined above

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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 \

Kids Definition of seawall

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

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