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[beech] /bitʃ/
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.
Origin of beach
1525-35; of obscure origin
Related forms
beachless, adjective
unbeached, adjective
Can be confused
beach, beech.
2. coast, seashore, strand, littoral, sands. See shore1 . 5. ground.


[beech] /bitʃ/
Alfred Ely, 1826–96, U.S. editor, publisher, and inventor.
Amy Marcey Cheney [mahr-see] /ˈmɑr si/ (Show IPA), 1867–1944, U.S. composer and pianist.
Moses Yale, 1800–68, U.S. newspaper publisher.
Rex Ellingwood
[el-ing-woo d] /ˈɛl ɪŋˌwʊd/ (Show IPA),
1877–1949, U.S. novelist and short-story writer.
Sylvia Woodbridge, 1887–1962, U.S. bookseller and publisher in France. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for beach
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  • There was a splashing and calling all night, and fires shining on the beach.

    The Belted Seas Arthur Colton
  • They were left on the beach without any guard, or any one near them.

    Ned Myers James Fenimore Cooper
  • Some went down towards the beach and shot with arrows at the Frenchmen.

    The Virgin of the Sun H. R. Haggard
  • The children gathered round the curious object on the beach.

  • You haven't been to a dance yet; you never go to the beach, you never motor or sail or golf.

    The Firing Line Robert W. Chambers
British Dictionary definitions for beach


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
to run or haul (a boat) onto a beach
Word Origin
C16: perhaps related to Old English bæce river, beck²
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for beach

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.


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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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beach in Science
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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