- The definition of a breakwater is a barrier built in a body of water to break the force of waves and protect surrounding land.
A rock wall built into an ocean to catch the waves so they don't destroy homes on the shore is an example of abreakwater.
Waves crashing against a breakwater to a seaport.
breakwater definition by Webster's New World
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a barrier to break the impact of waves, as before a harbor
breakwater definition by American Heritage Dictionary
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A barrier that protects a harbor or shore from the full impact of waves.
breakwater - Science Definition
An offshore barrier, such as a jetty, that protects a harbor or shore from the full impact of waves.