Definition of loch in English:



  • 1A lake.

    • ‘It also highlighted the dangers that limpets, snails and anemones might suffer from overheated rock pools, and that enclosed lochs like Loch Maddy could suffocate through lack of oxygen.’
    • ‘There are other very interesting lochs close by - Loch Garry has a reputation and so, a little further north, do Lochs Loyne and Clunie.’
    • ‘Their two main problems are, first, the multitude of sources they have to draw water from (rivers, lochs and reservoirs) and yes, sewage treatment plants.’
    • ‘The need for a national academy became a pressing issue when an existing water sports centre at Portobello closed down as a result of rowing in Scotland moving away from the sea and inland to lochs and rivers.’
    • ‘Fishing a lovely loch, or lake even, for the first time is invariably an uplifting experience.’
    1. 1.1An arm of the sea, especially when narrow or partially landlocked.
      • ‘The vehicle has been employed in projects ranging from herring stock assessment in the North Sea to mapping manganese distributions in a sea loch.’
      • ‘Her home, a bungalow which serves as a gatehouse to the village of Lingerbay, would end up on the lip of the two kilometre-long sea loch which would be left behind if quarrying on the scale proposed goes ahead.’
      • ‘‘In the meantime, I've got to get on with doing a mock-up of the new Scottish sea loch,’ he says.’
      • ‘A mountain would be taken away and transformed into a sea loch.’
      • ‘Not the wild fish of our rivers, lochs, lakes and sea; there the sportsman should harvest just an occasional fish when the stocks are adequate to allow it.’
      • ‘Luckily, the banks of Loch Fyne, the longest sea loch in Scotland, are ideal for cultivating both oysters and mussels.’
      • ‘Almost 100,000 farm salmon have escaped into the sea loch, where most will now head for the river and breed with the wild fish.’
      • ‘There is one particularly great wee site in this sea loch.’
      • ‘The plan was to steam to the next sea loch, Loch Bay, which had been known by some on board to produce some good diving.’
      • ‘I assume that we'll be going in, but instead he crosses towards the sea loch, and there below the road, poking out of an old dry-stone wall, is a cluster of chanterelles.’
      • ‘Come and see all the marine life that's attracted by the oysters and mussels we cultivate in a Scottish sea loch, they said.’
      • ‘That summer had apparently seen major escapes from the farms in the sea lochs fringing the Clyde estuary, with many hundreds of the things finding their way to the Leven in among the wild stock.’
      • ‘He told her the tales of the sea lochs and the firths that decorated the coast.’
      • ‘The peninsula is sandwiched between two sea lochs, Loch Fyne to the west and Loch Long to the east - the latter penetrating inland from the Firth of Clyde.’
      • ‘According to James Butler from Scotland's Wester Ross Fisheries Trust, ‘any river under three miles long flowing into a sea loch with a salmon farm in it will be dead as far as migratory fish are concerned’.’
      • ‘Breakfast is taken in the dining room, which has a picture window that overlooks a sea loch and, beyond it, a Trilby-shaped mountain.’
      • ‘In the east, in complete contrast, there is a dramatic and wildly beautiful rocky coastline broken by a multitude of bays, inlets and sea lochs.’
      • ‘This wall dive is considered one of the most impressive in any Scottish sea loch and is rated with many open-ocean sites.’
      • ‘Now linked to the mainland by bridge, Skye consists of a series of peninsulas, each with its own sea loch, flanked by spectacular cliffs and little bays, many of which have their own white sandy beaches.’
      • ‘The only other clues are that we have a sailing boat in the picture, that may suggest it is a sea loch.’
      cove, inlet, estuary, indentation, natural harbour, gulf, basin, fjord, ria, sound, arm, bight, firth, anchorage
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Late Middle English: from Scottish Gaelic.