Definition of beach in English:


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Pronunciation: /biːtʃ



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  • 1Run or haul up (a boat or ship) on to a beach: at the water’s edge a rowing boat was beached
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    • The centreboards make it possible to beach the boats, trailer them and get them into very shallow water.
    • When the ship was beached, the crew disappeared into the night.
    • As the story goes, it was in May 1880 that five young yachtsmen beached their boat at Horseshoe Harbor in Larchmont, New York.
    land, reach the shore, run ashore; ground, be grounded, run aground; shipwreck, wreck, run on the rocks, be high and dry
  • 1.1(Of an angler) land (a fish) on a beach: he managed to beach a fine trout
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    • At last, after some twenty-five minutes, a stunning fish was beached: a fresh-run female steelhead of some fourteen or fifteen pounds.
    • I was ready to beach the fish on the bar, which now stood clear of all but the biggest waves.
    • I was very fortunate and beached ten sharks of between about 160 lbs and 290 lbs - all estimated weights by Terence, and he is not generous.
    catch, capture, land, hook, reel in
  • 1.2 (also be beached) [no object] (Of a whale or similar animal) become stranded out of the water: we don’t know what causes whales to beach
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    • The frantic battle against the clock began when locals noticed a pod of whales beached on Aughacasla Strand, on the Dingle Peninsula, at around 10 am.
    • Giant whale vertebrae lie beached and bleached on the shore like prehistoric, bone propellers.
    • At the time 14 beaked whales became beached on the same day that U.S. Navy destroyers where engaged in a sonar exercise.
    make/become stranded, make/become beached, strand, ground, get stuckstranded, stuck, marooned, high and dry, helpless; ashore, aground, grounded, stuck fast
  • 1.3Leave (someone) at a loss: competitive procurement seems to have beached several firms
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    • Besides, if I was going to allow them to beach me, then this could well be my last chance to work at something that had any real meaning to me.
    • Everyone else sells out quickly, leaving a beached shoal of unsold Barts.
    • He has certainly beached Smith on the trade union question.


mid 16th century (denoting shingle on the seashore): perhaps related to Old English bæce, bece 'brook' (an element that survives in place names such as Wisbech and Sandbach), assuming an intermediate sense 'pebbly river valley'.

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