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beach

[beech] /bitʃ/
noun
1.
an expanse of sand or pebbles along a shore.
2.
the part of the shore of an ocean, sea, large river, lake, etc., washed by the tide or waves.
3.
the area adjacent to a seashore:
We're vacationing at the beach.
verb (used with object)
4.
Nautical. to haul or run onto a beach:
We beached the ship to save it.
5.
to make inoperative or unemployed.
Origin of beach
1525-1535
1525-35; of obscure origin
Related forms
beachless, adjective
unbeached, adjective
Can be confused
beach, beech.
Synonyms
2. coast, seashore, strand, littoral, sands. See shore1 . 5. ground.
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  • beaching it, the policeman pointed to a man standing at the bar, gulping down a glass of liquor.

    The Missing Tin Box Arthur M. Winfield
  • On these magic shores children at play are for ever beaching their coracles.

    Peter and Wendy James Matthew Barrie
  • Everybody goes to the sea-front to witness the beaching of the boats and to watch the unloading.

    East of Suez Frederic Courtland Penfield
  • Why could I not have thought of the tide when we were beaching the boat?

    More About Peggy Mrs G. de Horne Vaizey
  • beaching the canoe, the Cubs searched and finally found a long, fairly straight stick which could be used as a measuring rod.

  • beaching her canoe, she strolled to and fro for a while; then she sat down.

    Jupiter Lights Constance Fenimore Woolson
  • On the 3rd of February they came to an anchor off an island well suited for beaching the ship.

    Notable Voyagers W.H.G. Kingston and Henry Frith
  • In case of fire he must, with the pilot, instantly decide where lay the greatest chances of safety in beaching his boat.

    Old Times on the Upper Mississippi George Byron Merrick
  • beaching the boat some distance from the burning house, the three young people ran up the slope.

    Guilt of the Brass Thieves Mildred A. Wirt
British Dictionary definitions for beaching

beach

/biːtʃ/
noun
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 seacoast related adjective littoral
verb
2.
to run or haul (a boat) onto a beach
Word Origin
C16: perhaps related to Old English bæce river, beck²
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Word Origin and History for beaching

beach

n.

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.

v.

"to haul or run up on a beach," 1840, from beach (n.). Related: Beached; beaching.

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beaching in Science
beach
  (bēch)   
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).
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