Meaning of “breakwater” in the English Dictionary


"breakwater" in English

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breakwaternoun [ C ]

uk /ˈbreɪkˌwɔː.tər/ us /ˈbreɪkˌwɑː.t̬ɚ/

Examples from literature

  • Beyond the breakwater little tufts of silvery foam flashed on the rollers, and a solitary steamer steered steadily for the horizon. 
  • I have landed twice at the Cape in a small boat, and I think a breakwater can be built, at small cost, so as to make a safe harbour at all seasons. 
  • Master Hardy had also seen the ship out, and, perched on the extreme end of the breakwater, he remained watching until she was hull down on the horizon. 
  • On the shore below the farm lay the little boat harbour, sheltered by a breakwater of heavy stone. 
  • Passers-by saw only an old sailboat anchored at the deserted and rotting wharf up nearest the breakwater. 

(Definition of “breakwater” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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