[ beech ]
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  1. an expanse of sand or pebbles along a shore.

  2. the part of the shore of an ocean, sea, large river, lake, etc., washed by the tide or waves.

  1. the area adjacent to a seashore: We're vacationing at the beach.

verb (used with object)
  1. Nautical. to haul or run onto a beach: We beached the ship to save it.

  2. to make inoperative or unemployed.

Origin of beach

First recorded in 1525–35; of obscure origin

synonym study For beach

2. See shore1.

Other words for beach

Other words from beach

  • beachless, adjective
  • un·beached, adjective

Words that may be confused with beach

Words Nearby beach

Other definitions for Beach (2 of 2)

[ beech ]

  1. Alfred Ely, 1826–96, U.S. editor, publisher, and inventor.

  2. Amy Marcey Cheney [mahr-see], /ˈmɑr si/, 1867–1944, U.S. composer and pianist.

  1. Moses Yale, 1800–68, U.S. newspaper publisher.

  2. Rex El·ling·wood [el-ing-wood], /ˈɛl ɪŋˌwʊd/, 1877–1949, U.S. novelist and short-story writer.

  3. Sylvia Woodbridge, 1887–1962, U.S. bookseller and publisher in France. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use beach in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for beach


/ (biːtʃ) /

  1. 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

  1. to run or haul (a boat) onto a beach

Origin of beach

C16: perhaps related to Old English bæce river, beck ²

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Scientific definitions for beach


[ bēch ]

  1. 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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