• WordNet 3.6
    • n breakwater a protective structure of stone or concrete; extends from shore into the water to prevent a beach from washing away
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Breakwater Any structure or contrivance, as a mole, or a wall at the mouth of a harbor, to break the force of waves, and afford protection from their violence.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n breakwater Any structure or contrivance, as a mole, mound, wall, or sunken hulk, serving to break the force of waves and protect a harbor or anything exposed to the force of the waves. The breakwater at Plymouth, England, is 5,100 feet in length,339 feet wide at bottom, and 45 feet at top, and at the level of low water of spring tides there is a set-off of 66 feet. The sea-slope from set-off to top is 1 in 5. The largest work of the kind in the United States is the Delaware breakwater, at the southern extremity of Delaware Bay, 2,558 feet long at top, with an ice-breaker 1.353 feet long.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Breakwater a barrier to break the force of the waves
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. brecan; Ger. brechen.


In literature:

The well-built breakwater has nearly remedied this trouble.
"The Pearl of India" by Maturin M. Ballou
The enormous bag was then dropped through a door in the bottom of the barge upon the breakwater foundation.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 7" by Various
Scotty and Rick cast off while Zircon sent the MTB smoothly away from the dock, through the breakwater and into Basilan Strait.
"The Pirates of Shan" by Harold Leland Goodwin
If necessary, some of them could go out and round the breakwater, you understand.
"Command" by William McFee
The winter ice would chew your breakwater all to bits.
"The Boy With the U.S. Miners" by Francis Rolt-Wheeler
His breakwater was necessary against the next tide.
"Toilers of the Sea" by Victor Hugo
It looked like a toy harbor with its oblong breakwater.
"A Yankee Flier with the R.A.F." by Rutherford G. Montgomery
The roadstead is open, but as the prevailing winds are from the east the island itself forms a breakwater.
"The English in the West Indies" by James Anthony Froude
The length of the North Breakwater is nearly 8000 feet.
"Speeches and Addresses of H. R. H. the Prince of Wales: 1863-1888" by Edward VII
We're headed for the Delaware Breakwater.
"The Battleship Boys' First Step Upward" by Frank Gee Patchin

In poetry:

On the breakwater in the summer dark, a man and a
girl are sitting,
She across his knee and they are looking face into face
Talking to each other without words, singing rhythms in
silence to each other.
"On The Breakwater" by Carl Sandburg
Buried bars in the breakwater And bubble of the brimming weir.
Body's blood in the breakwater And a buried body's bier.
Buried bones in the breakwater And bubble of the brawling weir.
Bitter tears in the breakwater And a breaking heart to bear.
"Chimes" by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

In news:

Grand Marais reaches milestone with new breakwater .
0After nearly four months of construction, crews placed the last pieces of rocks in the breakwater Wednesday.
It's Haze and Osprey- Breakwater Yacht Club.
RESON provides underwater sonars to new exciting breakwater system.
Residents of Mutriku, a fishing village on Spain's northern coast, lounge at their local beach, protected from fierce Atlantic waves by a cement breakwater that also houses Europe's first wave energy plant.
Grand Marais Breakwater nearly finished.
It's Haze and Osprey-Breakwater Yacht Club.
Laser Series at Breakwater Yacht Club Next Weekend.
The 127-year-old Delaware Breakwater Lighthouse was home to resident light keepers until 1950.
0Three men were charged with a misdemeanor for trespassing on the Presque Isle breakwater Saturday.
The islands are natural but have been diminished by erosion, so now they are protected by rock breakwaters.
Sean Parnell has included $4.5 million for Haines harbor improvement in the coming year's budget, work that will go toward reducing wave action in the current basin by building a new structure at the south end of the existing breakwat.
When 10 year old Nicole realized she was the Breakwater Beach Bash grand prize winner and was headed to Tampa Bay to see One Direction, her reaction was priceless .
When 10 year old Nicole realized she was the Breakwater Beach Bash grand prize winner and was headed to Tampa Bay to see One Direction, her reaction was priceless.
Not too long ago, I told you about the awesome reaction our winner, 10 year old Nicole from Freehold had when she found out she won big at our Breakwater Beach Bash.