- 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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Examples from the Web for beaching
Beaching of the oarfish is a very rare occurrence—the last time it happened was 2010—so two in one week is certainly an oddity.Fishy Mystery: Are Beached Oarfish Trying to Tell Us Something?
October 23, 2013
On these magic shores children at play are for ever beaching their coracles.Peter and Wendy
James Matthew Barrie
Why could I not have thought of the tide when we were beaching the boat?More About Peggy
Mrs G. de Horne Vaizey
Beaching her canoe, she strolled to and fro for a while; then she sat down.Jupiter Lights
Constance Fenimore Woolson
On the 1st of November, after seeking winter quarters, his men found a suitable spot for beaching their vessel.Ocean's Story; or Triumphs of Thirty Centuries
They kept it up until nightfall, and then beaching the canoe lay down once more in the tent, which strained in the wind.The Boy Ranchers of Puget Sound
- 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 beaching
"to haul or run up on a beach," 1840, from beach (n.). Related: Beached; beaching.
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.
- 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).