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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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  • He started off along the sea wall toward the sound of the surf.

    Gambler's World John Keith Laumer
  • The sea wall should be divided into five sections of three miles each.

  • He left them to it; and went for a stroll down the sea wall.

    Happy Pollyooly

    Edgar Jepson
  • She ran over to the sea wall and down the wooden steps on to the beach.

    Troublesome Comforts

    Geraldine Glasgow
  • As of old, sir, by the forts on either side and a rampart along the sea wall.

    Sir Henry Morgan, Buccaneer Cyrus Townsend Brady
  • He threw his half- smoked cigarette over the sea wall on to the sand, and with morose 67 eyes, watched it consume away.

    A Bachelor Husband Ruby M. Ayres
  • This is called the sea wall, and its smooth top, four feet wide, is a favorite promenade.

  • The starlight gleamed from the blade of his long knife as he stole his way round the cases which formed the sea wall of the cabin.

    The Ruined Cities of Zululand Hugh Mulleneux Walmsley
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
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