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

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Visitors walks along the coast in Solana Beach, which has a mix of seawalls and natural bluffs. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Paying the toll on sea level rise," 20 June 2019 Visit the Blue Hut on the seawall at Flagler Drive and South Clematis Street for free Snow Cone Saturdays from noon to 2 p.m. For more information, visit WPB.org or call 561-822-2222. Jennifer Boehm, sun-sentinel.com, "Our guide to summer: Savings and fun events for kids," 18 June 2019 The woman eats from a foam container and chats with the little girl sitting on the seawall. Matt Tunseth, Anchorage Daily News, "Working the night shift: Snagging salmon in Seward," 11 June 2019 In 1934, Seattle raised enough money to build a seawall on the central waterfront, according to HistoryLink.org. Michelle Baruchman, The Seattle Times, "A look back at the Alaskan Way Viaduct as its demise — and the new Highway 99 tunnel — draw near," 7 Jan. 2019 The city added 9-inch concrete caps to the current seawalls, which are about 80 to 90 years old, at a cost of about $1.8 million earlier this year as an interim measure. Hillary Davis, latimes.com, "Voters will be asked whether to approve borrowing for high-ticket items but there is only one project on the horizon," 30 June 2018 Pause at the seawall along the way and watch for seals splashing around in the lagoon inlet. San Francisco Chronicle, "One Day, One Place: Bolinas and Stinson Beach," 17 May 2018 The Duxbury Fire Department says another chunk of the seawall broke off Wednesday evening. Demarco Morgan, CBS News, "Broken seawall leaves Massachusetts homes at risk amid second nor'easter," 7 Mar. 2018 Behind the seawall, which opened in 1936, the city paved a four-lane road and named it Alaskan Way as a nod to Alaska’s importance to Seattle’s economic development. Michelle Baruchman, The Seattle Times, "A look back at the Alaskan Way Viaduct as its demise — and the new Highway 99 tunnel — draw near," 7 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of seawall

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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seawall

noun

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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