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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The shore of a body of water, especially when sandy or pebbly.
  • n. The sand or pebbles on a shore.
  • n. The zone above the water line at a shore of a body of water, marked by an accumulation of sand, stone, or gravel that has been deposited by the tide or waves.
  • transitive v. To run, haul, or bring ashore: beached the rowboat in front of the cabin; hooked a big bluefish but was unable to beach it.
  • transitive v. To leave stranded or helpless.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The shore of a body of water, especially when sandy or pebbly.
  • n. A horizontal strip of land, usually sandy, adjoining water.
  • n. The loose pebbles of the seashore, especially worn by waves; shingle.
  • v. To run (something) aground on a beach.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Pebbles, collectively; shingle.
  • n. The shore of the sea, or of a lake, which is washed by the waves; especially, a sandy or pebbly shore; the strand.
  • transitive v. To run or drive (as a vessel or a boat) upon a beach; to strand.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To run or haul up (a ship or boat) on the beach.
  • To land upon a beach.
  • n. The loose pebbles of the seashore; shingle.
  • n. That part of the shore of the sea or of a lake which is washed by the tide and waves; the strand.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an area of sand sloping down to the water of a sea or lake
  • v. land on a beach

Etymologies

Perhaps Middle English beche, stream, from Old English bece.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English bache, bæcche ("bank, sandbank"), from Old English bæċe, beċe ("beck, brook, stream"), from Proto-Germanic *bakiz (“brook”), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰog- (“flowing water”). Cognate with Dutch beek ("brook, stream"), German Bach ("brook, stream"), Swedish bäck ("stream, brook, creek"). More at batch, beck. (Wiktionary)

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