Beaching



an expanse of sand or pebbles along a shore.
the part of the shore of an ocean, sea, large river, lake, etc., washed by the tide or waves.
the area adjacent to a seashore:
We’re vacationing at the beach.
Nautical. to haul or run onto a beach:
We beached the ship to save it.
to make inoperative or unemployed.
Contemporary Examples

beaching of the oarfish is a very rare occurrence—the last time it happened was 2010—so two in one week is certainly an oddity.
Fishy Mystery: Are Beached Oarfish Trying to Tell Us Something? Kevin Bailey October 22, 2013

Historical Examples

beaching it, the policeman pointed to a man standing at the bar, gulping down a glass of liquor.
The Missing Tin Box Arthur M. Winfield

On these magic shores children at play are for ever beaching their coracles.
Peter and Wendy James Matthew Barrie

Everybody goes to the sea-front to witness the beaching of the boats and to watch the unloading.
East of Suez Frederic Courtland Penfield

Why could I not have thought of the tide when we were beaching the boat?
More About Peggy Mrs G. de Horne Vaizey

beaching the canoe, the Cubs searched and finally found a long, fairly straight stick which could be used as a measuring rod.
Dan Carter and the Great Carved Face Mildred A. Wirt

beaching her canoe, she strolled to and fro for a while; then she sat down.
Jupiter Lights Constance Fenimore Woolson

On the 3rd of February they came to an anchor off an island well suited for beaching the ship.
Notable Voyagers W.H.G. Kingston and Henry Frith

The sailors have just raised the small foresail preparatory to beaching the ship.
The Bible Story Rev. Newton Marshall Hall

beaching the boat some distance from the burning house, the three young people ran up the slope.
Guilt of the Brass Thieves Mildred A. Wirt

noun
an extensive area of sand or shingle sloping down to a sea or lake, esp the area between the high- and low-water marks on a seacoast related adjective littoral
verb
to run or haul (a boat) onto a beach
n.

1530s, “loose, water-worn pebbles of the seashore,” probably from Old English bæce, bece “stream,” from Proto-Germanic *bakiz. Extended to loose, pebbly shores (1590s), and in dialect around Sussex and Kent beach still has the meaning “pebbles worn by the waves.” French grève shows the same evolution. Beach ball first recorded 1940; beach bum first recorded 1950.
v.

“to haul or run up on a beach,” 1840, from beach (n.). Related: Beached; beaching.
beach
(bēch)
The area of accumulated sand, stone, or gravel deposited along a shore by the action of waves and tides. Beaches usually slope gently toward the body of water they border and have a concave shape. They extend landward from the low water line to the point where there is a distinct change in material (as in a line of vegetation) or in land features (as in a cliff).

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