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sea wall

a strong wall or embankment to prevent the encroachments of the sea, serve as a breakwater, etc.
Origin of sea wall
before 1000; Middle English; Old English: cliff over the sea
Related forms
sea-walled, adjective Unabridged
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  • And swiftly, by way of the leak which that admission made in the sea-wall of his courage, rushed in an ocean of depression.

    The Militants Mary Raymond Shipman Andrews
  • But the people succeeded in reaching the sea-wall—I saved them all!

    What the Moon Saw: and Other Tales Hans Christian Andersen
  • The present sea-wall was built between 1835 and 1842, by the United States, at an expense of one hundred thousand dollars.

    The Spaniards in Florida George R. Fairbanks
  • When they reached the top of the sea-wall the cause of the excitement was apparent.

    The Young Alaskans Emerson Hough
  • The party walked west along the sea-wall and proceeded in single file up a steep path to the highest part of the promontory.

    Jim Spurling, Fisherman Albert Walter Tolman
  • They hurried the bidarka across the sea-wall to the open water of the bay.

    The Young Alaskans Emerson Hough
  • Behind this "sea-wall," many yards in extent, were the excavations made by the treasure hunters after Captain Kidd's hidden money.

    The Heir to Grand Pr John Frederic Herbin
  • If he had met Cheever he would have picked him up and flung him over the sea-wall.

    We Can't Have Everything Rupert Hughes
  • She smelled them and sat down in her place facing the sea-wall.

    A Spirit in Prison Robert Hichens
  • The others also left the ramparts, and started homeward, following the sea-wall.

    Horace Chase Constance Fenimore Woolson
British Dictionary definitions for sea-wall

sea wall

a wall or embankment built to prevent encroachment or erosion by the sea or to serve as a breakwater
Derived Forms
sea-walled, adjective
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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