11 Trending Words of 2014

barrier reef

a reef of coral running roughly parallel to the shore and separated from it by a wide, deep lagoon.
1795-1805 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
British Dictionary definitions for barrier-reef

barrier reef

a long narrow coral reef near and lying parallel to the shore, separated from it by deep water See Great Barrier Reef
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
barrier-reef in Science
barrier reef  
A long, narrow ridge of coral that runs parallel to the mainland and is separated from it by a deep lagoon. Compare atoll, fringing reef.

The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
Copyright © 2002. Published by Houghton Mifflin. All rights reserved.
Cite This Source
Encyclopedia Article for barrier-reef

barrier reef

a coral reef (q.v.) roughly parallel to a shore and separated from it by a lagoon or other body of water. A barrier reef is usually pierced by several channels that give access to the lagoon and the island or continent beyond it.

Learn more about barrier reef with a free trial on
Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for barrier reef

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for barrier

Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with barrier-reef