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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.
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Examples from the web for beaches
  • The tropical party town has lively restaurants and pretty beaches.
  • There are orchids that live on beaches or limestone coral atolls and have adapted to salt spray.
  • Maybe if the whale in charge of navigation gets sick and beaches itself all the other whales follow that one whale.
  • The area's fishing industry was shut down, and pictures of blackened beaches filled the news.
  • The sense of suspicion and paranoia seemed to me to pervade even the fancy shopping malls, tourist beaches, and expensive hotels.
  • They seemed to show up a lot on the walls of restaurants near beaches.
  • At first glance, the island appears to be a terrarium surrounded by the whitest beaches imaginable.
  • There was nothing to do except fish or swim or go shelling on beaches that are a conchologist's dream.
  • When you're done exploring the town, it's time to relax at one of the enticing sandy beaches around the island.
  • With idyllic beaches, volcanic hills and plentiful cocoa, the new president may even be able make good his promise.
British Dictionary definitions for beaches

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 beaches

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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beaches 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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