see also: Beach
  • (America) IPA: /bit͡ʃ/
  • (RP) IPA: /biːt͡ʃ/

beach (plural beaches)

  1. The shore of a body of water, especially when sandy or pebbly.
  2. A horizontal strip of land, usually sandy, adjoining water.
  3. (UK dialectal, Sussex, Kent) The loose pebbles of the seashore, especially worn by waves; shingle.
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beach (beaches, present participle beaching; past and past participle beached)

  1. (intransitive) To run aground on a beach.
    • 1941, Emily Carr, Klee Wyck, "Salt Water,"
      When we finally beached, the land was scarcely less wet than the sea.
  2. (transitive) To run (something) aground on a beach.
    • 1851, Herman Melville, Moby-Dick, Chapter 90,
      It seems that some honest mariners of Dover, or Sandwich, or some one of the Cinque Ports, had after a hard chase succeeded in killing and beaching a fine whale which they had originally descried afar off from the shore.
    • 1974, Homer, Iliad, translated by Robert Fitzgerald, Doubleday, Book Two, lines 530-31, p. 53,
      Great Aías led twelve ships from Sálamis
      and beached them where Athenians formed for battle.
  3. (of a vehicle) To run into an obstacle or rough or soft ground, so that the floor of the vehicle rests on the ground and the wheels cannot gain traction.
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Proper noun
  1. Surname
  2. A hamlet/and/village in Gloucestershire, England.
  3. A small city/county seat in Golden Valley County, North Dakota.

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