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breakwater

[breyk-waw-ter, -wot-er] /ˈbreɪkˌwɔ tər, -ˌwɒt ər/
noun
1.
a barrier that breaks the force of waves, as before a harbor.
Origin of breakwater
1715-1725
1715-25; break + water
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breakwater

/ˈbreɪkˌwɔːtə/
noun
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

n.

1721, from break (v.) + water (n.).

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break-water in Science
breakwater
  (brāk'wô'tər)   
An offshore barrier, such as a jetty, that protects a harbor or shore from the full impact of waves.
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