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beach

[beech] /bitʃ/
noun
1.
an expanse of sand or pebbles along a shore.
2.
the part of the shore of an ocean, sea, large river, lake, etc., washed by the tide or waves.
3.
the area adjacent to a seashore:
We're vacationing at the beach.
verb (used with object)
4.
Nautical. to haul or run onto a beach:
We beached the ship to save it.
5.
to make inoperative or unemployed.
Origin
1525-1535
1525-35; of obscure origin
Related forms
beachless, adjective
unbeached, adjective
Can be confused
beach, beech.
Synonyms
2. coast, seashore, strand, littoral, sands. See shore1 . 5. ground.

Beach

[beech] /bitʃ/
noun
1.
Alfred Ely, 1826–96, U.S. editor, publisher, and inventor.
2.
Amy Marcey Cheney [mahr-see] /ˈmɑr si/ (Show IPA), 1867–1944, U.S. composer and pianist.
3.
Moses Yale, 1800–68, U.S. newspaper publisher.
4.
Rex Ellingwood
[el-ing-woo d] /ˈɛl ɪŋˌwʊd/ (Show IPA),
1877–1949, U.S. novelist and short-story writer.
5.
Sylvia Woodbridge, 1887–1962, U.S. bookseller and publisher in France.
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Examples from the web for beach
  • No day at the beach is complete without spending some time in the water.
  • But you might want to migrate your entire body to high ground that day if you have a house on the beach.
  • One of our favorite techniques for handling those last ten days before school starts is to go on a short beach vacation.
  • There are snow cams for office-bound skiers and surf cams for stay-at-home beach bums.
  • Lying on a beach isn't relaxing if there is a crowd of people surrounding you.
  • Finding space for outdoor living and entertaining is always a challenge on tiny beach lots.
  • There are plenty of lurking dangers under the beautiful waves of the beach.
  • beach season is upon us, which means that lists of summer beach reading have begun to appear.
  • These light and dark ripples at the beach are caused by darker, heavier grains settling together, often at crests.
  • But you are still driving large vehicles back and forth over the beach.
British Dictionary definitions for beach

beach

/biːtʃ/
noun
1.
an extensive area of sand or shingle sloping down to a sea or lake, esp the area between the high- and low-water marks on a seacoast related adjective littoral
verb
2.
to run or haul (a boat) onto a beach
Word Origin
C16: perhaps related to Old English bæce river, beck²
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Word Origin and History for beach
n.

1530s, "loose, water-worn pebbles of the seashore," probably from Old English bæce, bece "stream," from Proto-Germanic *bakiz. Extended to loose, pebbly shores (1590s), and in dialect around Sussex and Kent beach still has the meaning "pebbles worn by the waves." French grève shows the same evolution. Beach ball first recorded 1940; beach bum first recorded 1950.

v.

"to haul or run up on a beach," 1840, from beach (n.). Related: Beached; beaching.

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beach in Science
beach
  (bēch)   
The area of accumulated sand, stone, or gravel deposited along a shore by the action of waves and tides. Beaches usually slope gently toward the body of water they border and have a concave shape. They extend landward from the low water line to the point where there is a distinct change in material (as in a line of vegetation) or in land features (as in a cliff).
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