- 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
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Examples from the Web for sea wall
She smelled them and sat down in her place facing the sea-wall.A Spirit in Prison
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.Oswald Bastable and Others
They hurried the bidarka across the sea-wall to the open water of the bay.
But as the boys left the edge of the sea-wall Rob uttered an exclamation.
- a wall or embankment built to prevent encroachment or erosion by the sea or to serve as a breakwater
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