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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The shore of a body of water, especially when sandy or pebbly.
  • noun The sand or pebbles on a shore.
  • noun 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.
  • intransitive verb To run, haul, or bring ashore.
  • intransitive verb To cause (a whale or other sea animal) to be unable to swim free from a beach.
  • intransitive verb To run or be hauled ashore.
  • intransitive verb To be stranded on a beach. Used of sea animals.

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Pebbles, collectively; shingle.
  • noun The shore of the sea, or of a lake, which is washed by the waves; especially, a sandy or pebbly shore; the strand.
  • noun (Zoöl.) the common name of many species of amphipod Crustacea, of the family Orchestidæ, living on the sea beaches, and leaping like fleas.
  • noun (Bot.) a coarse grass (Ammophila arundinacea), growing on the sandy shores of lakes and seas, which, by its interlaced running rootstocks, binds the sand together, and resists the encroachment of the waves.
  • noun a light open wagon with two or more seats.
  • noun an accumulation of water-worn stones, gravel, sand, and other shore deposits, above the present level of wave action, whether actually raised by elevation of the coast, as in Norway, or left by the receding waters, as in many lake and river regions.
  • transitive verb To run or drive (as a vessel or a boat) upon a beach; to strand.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

  • noun an area of sand sloping down to the water of a sea or lake
  • verb land on a beach

Etymologies

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

[Perhaps Middle English beche, stream, from Old English bece.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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.

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