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breakwater

[breyk-waw-ter, -wot-er]
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noun
  1. a barrier that breaks the force of waves, as before a harbor.
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Origin of breakwater

First recorded in 1715–25; break + water
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Examples from the Web for breakwater

Historical Examples

  • There were boys bathing still from the breakwater of the rocks.

    A Spirit in Prison

    Robert Hichens

  • That bravado gave impetus to the pointed insolence on the Breakwater.

    Mayflower (Flor de mayo)

    Vicente Blasco Ibez

  • Yes, but his hand got well the moment the Mayflower was beyond the Breakwater.

    Mayflower (Flor de mayo)

    Vicente Blasco Ibez

  • Soon so many of them were in that the throng of the Breakwater was noticeably smaller.

    Mayflower (Flor de mayo)

    Vicente Blasco Ibez

  • As for doubling the Breakwater, he had given up hope of that!

    Mayflower (Flor de mayo)

    Vicente Blasco Ibez


British Dictionary definitions for breakwater

breakwater

noun
  1. Also called: mole a massive wall built out into the sea to protect a shore or harbour from the force of waves
  2. another name for groyne
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Word Origin and History for breakwater

n.

1721, from break (v.) + water (n.).

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breakwater in Science

breakwater

[brākwô′tər]
  1. An offshore barrier, such as a jetty, that protects a harbor or shore from the full impact of waves.
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