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.
An offshore barrier, such as a jetty, 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.
- The tidal harbour, which is owned by a company, is enclosed by two piers and a breakwater, the area being about 30 acres, and the quayage 1400 yds.
- A breakwater and sea-wall prevent the blocking of the harbour entrance and encroachments of the sea; and there is another breakwater at Landguard Point on the opposite (Suffolk) shore of the estuary.
- The harbour, enclosed within a breakwater, has an area of 24 acres, with 12 to 16 ft.
- The harbour is protected by a breakwater nearly 5000 ft.
- A breakwater three-quarters of a mile long protects the entrance to the harbour.