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breakwater Syllabification: break·wa·ter
Pronunciation: /ˈbrākˌwôdər/

Definition of breakwater in English:


A barrier built out into a body of water to protect a coast or harbor from the force of waves.
Example sentences
  • In the 19th century the greatest engineering addition to the bay was the construction of Dun Laoghaire Harbour with its two-tiered breakwaters or piers and wonderful granite stonework.
  • The installation of groynes, breakwaters, or protective sea walls has knock-on effects on the natural circulation of water and sediment in the near-shore environment.
  • Big conger inhabit a number of environments, including deep water rock marks, harbours, jetties, piers, breakwaters and the odd sandy beach!
sea wall, jetty, barrier, mole, bulwark, groin, pier

Words that rhyme with breakwater

rainwater • seawater

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