Breakwater definition

brākwôtər, -wŏtər
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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 a breakwater.

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A barrier that protects a harbor or shore from the full impact of waves.
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An offshore barrier, such as a jetty, that protects a harbor or shore from the full impact of waves.
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A construction in or around a harbour designed to break the force of the sea and to provide shelter for vessels lying inside.
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(nautical) A low bulkhead across the forecastle deck of a ship which diverts water breaking over the bows into the scuppers.
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On beaches: a wooden or concrete barrier, usually perpendicular to the shore, intended to prevent the movement of sand along a coast.
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A barrier to break the impact of waves, as before a harbor.
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Noun

Singular:
breakwater
Plural:
breakwaters