seawall

noun
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 The old wood, concrete and asphalt dock and seawall, possibly built in the early 1900s, partially collapsed Nov. 26. Keith Matheny, Detroit Free Press, "Company behind shoreline collapse on Detroit River proposes new seawall," 17 June 2020 Revere Dock proposes a new seawall made of interlocking steel pipes and sheet piling driven from the surface to bedrock, a depth of about 95 feet. Keith Matheny, Detroit Free Press, "Company behind shoreline collapse on Detroit River proposes new seawall," 17 June 2020 Democratic congressman Max Rose had called the meeting to allow constituents to offer feedback on a proposal to build a five-mile seawall along Staten Island’s East Shore. Willa Glickman, The New York Review of Books, "New York’s Rising Tides: Climate Inequality and Sandy’s Legacy," 19 Mar. 2020 In response to the storm Galveston built a 15-foot-high seawall for protection from future hurricanes, completed in 1911. Craig Hlavaty, Houston Chronicle, "Looking back at the 1900 hurricane that wiped out Galveston and made it stronger in the long run," 19 Mar. 2020 The warehouses are slowly sinking because of a failing seawall where fishermen deliver their catch, and a causeway substructure is so rotten it’s been closed to all traffic. USA TODAY, "Cold case cards, firework record, monkey treatment: News from around our 50 states," 11 Feb. 2020 High water levels have swamped a seawall and are collapsing the land along Lake Shore Drive in Grosse Pointe Shores and Farms. Kathleen Gray, Detroit Free Press, "Whitmer budget puts focus on Great Lakes water levels, contaminated sites," 6 Feb. 2020 Coastal development, including structures like bulkheads and seawalls, alter the natural landscape and may get in the way of horseshoe crab spawning, which requires flat, sandy beaches. National Geographic, "Atlantic horseshoe crab," 20 Apr. 2020 As the 20th century continued, hurricanes Audrey and Carla tested the meddle of the seawall. Craig Hlavaty, Houston Chronicle, "Looking back at the 1900 hurricane that wiped out Galveston and made it stronger in the long run," 19 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of seawall

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Seawall.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/seawall. Accessed 6 Jul. 2020.

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seawall

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How to pronounce seawall (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of seawall

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

seawall

noun
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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