Two chairs on a beach.
Copocabana and Waikiki are each an example of a beach.
- a nearly level stretch of pebbles and sand beside a sea, lake, etc., often washed by high water; sandy shore; strand
- an area of shore as a place for swimming, sunbathing, etc.
Origin of beacheastern; English dialect, dialectal , origin, originally , pebbles, shingle ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps
- The shore of a body of water, especially when sandy or pebbly.
- The sand or pebbles on a shore.
- The zone above the water line at a shore of a body of water, marked by an accumulation of sand, stone, or gravel that has been deposited by the tide or waves.
verbbeached, beach·ing, beach·es
- To run, haul, or bring ashore: beached the rowboat in front of the cabin; hooked a big bluefish but was unable to beach it.
- To cause (a whale or other sea animal) to be unable to swim free from a beach.
- To run or be hauled ashore: We beached near the palm trees.
- To be stranded on a beach. Used of sea animals.
Origin of beachPerhaps Middle English beche, stream, from Old English bece.
(third-person singular simple present beaches, present participle beaching, simple past and past participle beached)
- To run (something) aground on a beach.
From Middle English bache, bæcche (“bank, sandbank”), from Old English bæċe, beċe (“beck, brook, stream”), from Proto-Germanic *bakiz (“brook”), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰog- (“flowing water”). Cognate with Dutch beek (“brook, stream”), German Bach (“brook, stream”), Swedish bäck (“stream, brook, creek”). More at batch, beck.