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 formsbeach·less, adjectiveun·beached, adjective
Can be confusedbeach beech

Synonyms for beach

2. coast, seashore, strand, littoral, sands. See shore1. 5. ground.




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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 seacoastRelated adjective: littoral


to run or haul (a boat) onto a beach

Word Origin for beach

C16: perhaps related to Old English bæce river, beck ²
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Word Origin and History for beach

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.


"to haul or run up on a beach," 1840, from beach (n.). Related: Beached; beaching.

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beach 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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