break-water

breakwater

[breyk-waw-ter, -wot-er]
noun
a barrier that breaks the force of waves, as before a harbor.

Origin:
1715–25; break + water

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breakwater (ˈbreɪkˌwɔːtə)
 
n
1.  Also called: mole a massive wall built out into the sea to protect a shore or harbour from the force of waves
2.  another name for groyne

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breakwater
1721, from break (v.) + water.
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breakwater   (brāk'wô'tər)  Pronunciation Key 
An offshore barrier, such as a jetty, that protects a harbor or shore from the full impact of waves.
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