breakwater

[ breyk-waw-ter, -wot-er ]
/ ˈbreɪkˌwɔ tər, -ˌwɒt ər /

noun

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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British Dictionary definitions for breakwater

breakwater
/ (ˈbreɪkˌwɔːtə) /

noun

Also called: mole a massive wall built out into the sea to protect a shore or harbour from the force of waves
another name for groyne
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Scientific definitions for breakwater

breakwater
[ brākwô′tər ]

An offshore barrier, such as a jetty, that protects a harbor or shore from the full impact of waves.
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