|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|
|2.||to run or haul (a boat) onto a beach|
|[C16: perhaps related to Old English bæce river, |
|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).