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.
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
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
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
to run or haul (a boat) onto a beach
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.
“to haul or run up on a beach,” 1840, from beach (n.). Related: Beached; beaching.
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).
a section or expanse of beach and shore scenery. a picture or other artistic representation of this.
a guiding or warning signal, as a light or fire, especially one in an elevated position. a tower or hill used for such purposes. a lighthouse, signal buoy, etc., on a shore or at a dangerous area at sea to warn and guide vessels. Navigation. radio beacon. a radar device at a fixed location that, […]
- Beacon hill
beacon hill Fashionable section of Boston. Location of the capitol building of Massachusetts. Historical Examples Then I threw myself down in the shadow of a great rock on the top of beacon hill and took the volume from my pocket. Mr. Marx’s Secret E. Phillips Oppenheim We are now on the north side of that […]
- Beacon school
noun (Brit) a notably successful school whose methods and practices are brought to the attention of the education service as a whole in order that they may be adopted by other schools