Definition of breakwater in US English:

breakwater

noun

  • A barrier built out into a body of water to protect a coast or harbor from the force of waves.

    • ‘A few yards away, the ocean waves slam against the breakwater.’
    • ‘The proposed marina development at Blacksod will consist of a 50-berth facility protected by two rock armour breakwaters.’
    • ‘The breakwater tamed the waves and provided a safe bathing area.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A fisherman was pulled to safety by quick acting fellow anglers on the harbour breakwater last night after a freak wave swept him and two others into the sea.’
    • ‘Somewhere out of my sight in the darkness, waves crashed against the breakwater.’
    • ‘He also calls for construction of new offshore breakwaters to dampen the waves' energy before they reach the shoreline, but some environmentalists say this tactic has only made matters worse in other situations.’
    • ‘The harbor was a deep bite out of the city, probably a river mouth, protected by stone breakwaters at the mouth to the west.’
    • ‘Zack was throughly impressed by the waves crashing on the breakwater, but was disappointed at the paucity of good skipping stones.’
    • ‘The 1.1-acre site has access to a small bathing area and harbour enclosed by a concrete pier and a breakwater.’
    • ‘A series of huge breakwaters and floodgates has been built to protect major harbours and installations.’
    • ‘South of the palace is the breakwater guarding the Royal Harbour.’
    • ‘Big conger inhabit a number of environments, including deep water rock marks, harbours, jetties, piers, breakwaters and the odd sandy beach!’
    • ‘On Sunday August 3rd a memorial to those victims was unveiled and blessed on the western breakwater in Dingle harbour.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘These were solid stone, with an artificial breakwater surrounding the harbour.’
    • ‘During migration and winter, they inhabit rocky coasts, reefs, jetties, and breakwaters.’
    • ‘The creation of a marina breakwater for Kirkwall Harbour has taken another step forward with the job now out to tender.’
    • ‘Out on the breakwater, fishermen wave to us as we roll by, and I wave back.’
    • ‘All around our coastline we have estuaries, docks, harbours, marshes and breakwaters.’
    sea wall, barrier, embankment
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Pronunciation

breakwater

/ˈbrākˌwôdər//ˈbreɪkˌwɔdər/