an expanse of sand or pebbles along a shore.
the part of the shore of an ocean, sea, large river, lake, etc., washed by the tide or waves.
the area adjacent to a seashore: We're vacationing at the beach.
verb (used with object)
Nautical. to haul or run onto a beach: We beached the ship to save it.
to make inoperative or unemployed.

1525–35; of obscure origin

beachless, adjective
unbeached, adjective

beach, beech.

2. coast, seashore, strand, littoral, sands. See shore1. 5. ground. Unabridged


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beach (biːtʃ)
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 seacoastRelated: littoral
2.  to run or haul (a boat) onto a beach
Related: littoral
[C16: perhaps related to Old English bæce river, beck²]

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Word Origin & History

1530s, probably from O.E. bæce, bece "stream," from P.Gmc. *bakiz. Extended to loose, pebbly shores (1590s), and in dialect around Sussex and Kent beach still has the meaning "pebbles worn by the waves." Fr. grève shows the same evolution. The verb "to haul or run up on a beach" is first
attested 1840. Beach bum first recorded 1962.
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Science Dictionary
beach   (bēch)  Pronunciation Key 
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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Example sentences
No day at the beach is complete without spending some time in the water.
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.
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