- an expanse of sand or pebbles along a shore.
- the part of the shore of an ocean, sea, large river, lake, etc., washed by the tide or waves.
- the area adjacent to a seashore: We're vacationing at the beach.
- Nautical. to haul or run onto a beach: We beached the ship to save it.
- to make inoperative or unemployed.
Origin of beach
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- Alfred Ely,1826–96, U.S. editor, publisher, and inventor.
- Amy Marcey Cheney [mahr-see] /ˈmɑr si/, 1867–1944, U.S. composer and pianist.
- Moses Yale,1800–68, U.S. newspaper publisher.
- Rex El·ling·wood [el-ing-woo d] /ˈɛl ɪŋˌwʊd/, 1877–1949, U.S. novelist and short-story writer.
- Sylvia Woodbridge,1887–1962, U.S. bookseller and publisher in France.
Examples from the Web for beach
Dinner was a baroque affair, on the beach, a warm breeze gently blowing.Canada ♥ Cuba Just Got Complicated
December 22, 2014
The city protests that a beach is not a suitable place to feed the hungry.How Dickens and Scrooge Saved Christmas
December 22, 2014
One of the three, Ralph Goodwin, is said to have drowned while swimming at a beach outside Havana.Cuba Protects America’s Most Wanted
December 18, 2014
Are you the kind of criminal who runs down the beach at night wielding a knife and stabbing every woman you pass?I Felt Like Showering After the First-Person Sex in ‘Grand Theft Auto’
November 22, 2014
On Labor Day weekend, the teenager accompanied Shattuck, her three children, and several of their friends to Bethany beach.From Baltimore Ravens Cheerleader to Mrs. Robinson
November 6, 2014
The sea is sleeping sapphire that wakes to cream and crash upon the beach.Ballads of a Bohemian
Robert W. Service
They were left on the beach without any guard, or any one near them.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
The children were lingering on the beach when Edward came that day.
The children gathered round the curious object on the beach.
There are no horses on this beach, and we cannot walk to Granada in our state.Fair Margaret
H. Rider Haggard
- 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 adjective: littoral
- to run or haul (a boat) onto a beach
Word Origin and History for beach
1530s, "loose, water-worn pebbles of the seashore," probably from Old English bæce, bece "stream," from Proto-Germanic *bakiz. Extended to loose, pebbly shores (1590s), and in dialect around Sussex and Kent beach still has the meaning "pebbles worn by the waves." French grève shows the same evolution. Beach ball first recorded 1940; beach bum first recorded 1950.
"to haul or run up on a beach," 1840, from beach (n.). Related: Beached; beaching.
- 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).