Beach Definition

beached, beaches
A nearly level stretch of pebbles and sand beside a sea, lake, etc., often washed by high water; sandy shore; strand.
Webster's New World
The sand or pebbles on a shore.
American Heritage
An area of shore as a place for swimming, sunbathing, etc.
Webster's New World
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.
American Heritage

The shore of a body of water, especially when sandy or pebbly.

To run, haul, or bring ashore.
Beached the rowboat in front of the cabin; hooked a big bluefish but was unable to beach it.
American Heritage
To ground (a boat, whale, etc.) on or as if on a beach.
Webster's New World
To cause (a whale or other sea animal) to be unable to swim free from a beach.
American Heritage
To run or be hauled ashore.
We beached near the palm trees.
American Heritage
To be stranded on a beach. Used of sea animals.
American Heritage
Appropriate for the beach or sunbathing; specif., designating or of a novel, etc. regarded as entertaining and easy to read.
Webster's New World

Other Word Forms of Beach



Origin of 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.

    From Wiktionary

  • Perhaps Middle English beche stream from Old English bece

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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