beach

[beech]
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:
1525–35; of obscure origin

beachless, adjective
unbeached, adjective

beach, beech.


2. coast, seashore, strand, littoral, sands. See shore1. 5. ground.
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beach (biːtʃ)
 
n
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
 
vb
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

beach
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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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
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.
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