Waves crashing against a breakwater to a seaport.
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.
A barrier that protects a harbor or shore from the full impact of waves.
- a construction in or around a harbour designed to break the force of the sea and to provide shelter for vessels lying inside
- (nautical) a low bulkhead across the forecastle deck of a ship which diverts water breaking over the bows into the scuppers
- On beaches: a wooden or concrete barrier, usually perpendicular to the shore, intended to prevent the movement of sand along a coast.
- On that side it is sheltered by a huge breakwater, over 2 m.
- East of the breakwater and parallel to it for 2700 ft.
- A breakwater three-quarters of a mile long protects the entrance to the harbour.
- Of Pharos and partly formed by a breakwater (built 1871-1873 and prolonged 1906-1907), 2 m.
- It is dominated, on the seaward side, by four hills, and approached by a narrow entrance, with forts on either hand; a breakwater affords shelter on the east, and on the west is the Arsenal Basin, often regarded as the original harbour of the Carthaginians and Romans.