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sea wall

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noun
  1. 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 formssea-walled, adjective
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Examples from the Web for sea wall

Historical Examples

  • She smelled them and sat down in her place facing the sea-wall.

    A Spirit in Prison

    Robert Hichens

  • But the people succeeded in reaching the sea-wall—I saved them all!

    What the Moon Saw: and Other Tales

    Hans Christian Andersen

  • I fell off the sea-wall, you know, and I shan't be able to walk for ever so long.

  • They hurried the bidarka across the sea-wall to the open water of the bay.

    The Young Alaskans

    Emerson Hough

  • But as the boys left the edge of the sea-wall Rob uttered an exclamation.

    The Young Alaskans

    Emerson Hough


British Dictionary definitions for sea wall

sea wall

noun
  1. a wall or embankment built to prevent encroachment or erosion by the sea or to serve as a breakwater
Derived Formssea-walled, adjective
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