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[beech] /bitʃ/
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.
verb (used with object)
Nautical. to haul or run onto a beach:
We beached the ship to save it.
to make inoperative or unemployed.
Origin of beach
First recorded in 1525-35; of obscure origin
Related forms
beachless, adjective
unbeached, adjective
Can be confused
beach, beech.
2. coast, seashore, strand, littoral, sands. See shore1 . 5. ground. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for beaching
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  • 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.

  • They kept it up until nightfall, and then beaching the canoe lay down once more in the tent, which strained in the wind.

  • 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
  • The sailors have just raised the small foresail preparatory to beaching the ship.

    The Bible Story Rev. Newton Marshall Hall
  • 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
  • Turning to look, he was astonished to see that a Webster City police patrol boat was beaching on the island.

British Dictionary definitions for beaching


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
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



"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.

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beaching in Science
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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