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 (brāk′wô′tər, -wŏt′ər)
A barrier that protects a harbor or shore from the full impact of waves.


(ˈbreɪkˌwɔːtə) or


1. (Civil Engineering) Also called: mole a massive wall built out into the sea to protect a shore or harbour from the force of waves
2. (Civil Engineering) another name for groyne


(ˈbreɪkˌwɔ tər, -ˌwɒt ər)

a barrier that breaks the force of waves, as before a harbor.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.breakwater - a protective structure of stone or concretebreakwater - a protective structure of stone or concrete; extends from shore into the water to prevent a beach from washing away
barrier - a structure or object that impedes free movement


noun sea wall, spur, mole, jetty, groyne Suddenly a breakwater loomed up in front.
كاسر أمواج
hullámtörõ gát
brimbrjótur, hafnargarîur


[ˈbreɪkˌwɔːtəʳ] Nrompeolas m inv


[ˈbreɪkwɔːtər] nbrise-lames m inv, digue f


[ˈbreɪkˌwɔːtəʳ] nfrangiflutti m inv


(breik) past tense broke (brouk) : past participle brəken (ˈbroukən) verb
1. to divide into two or more parts (by force).
2. (usually with off/away) to separate (a part) from the whole (by force).
3. to make or become unusable.
4. to go against, or not act according to (the law etc). He broke his appointment at the last minute.
5. to do better than (a sporting etc record).
6. to interrupt. She broke her journey in London.
7. to put an end to. He broke the silence.
8. to make or become known. They gently broke the news of his death to his wife.
9. (of a boy's voice) to fall in pitch.
10. to soften the effect of (a fall, the force of the wind etc).
11. to begin. The storm broke before they reached shelter.
1. a pause. a break in the conversation.
2. a change. a break in the weather.
3. an opening.
4. a chance or piece of (good or bad) luck. This is your big break.
ˈbreakable adjective
(negative unbreakable) likely to break. breakable toys.
(usually in plural) something likely to break.
ˈbreakage (-kidʒ) noun
the act of breaking, or its result(s).
ˈbreaker noun
a (large) wave which breaks on rocks or the beach.
ˈbreakdown noun
1. (often nervous breakdown) a mental collapse.
2. a mechanical failure causing a stop. The car has had another breakdown. See also break down.
break-inbreak in(to)ˈbreakneck adjective
(usually of speed) dangerous. He drove at breakneck speed.
breakoutbreak outˈbreakthrough noun
a sudden solution of a problem leading to further advances, especially in science.
ˈbreakwater noun
a barrier to break the force of the waves.
break away
to escape from control. The dog broke away from its owner.
break down
1. to use force on (a door etc) to cause it to open.
2. to stop working properly. My car has broken down.
3. to fail. The talks have broken down.
4. to be overcome with emotion. She broke down and wept.
break in(to)
1. to enter (a house etc) by force or unexpectedly (noun ˈbreak-in. The Smiths have had two break-ins recently).
2. to interrupt (someone's conversation etc).
break loose
to escape from control. The dog has broken loose.
break off
to stop. She broke off in the middle of a sentence.
break out
1. to appear or happen suddenly. War has broken out.
2. to escape (from prison, restrictions etc). A prisoner has broken out (noun ˈbreakout).
break out in
to (suddenly) become covered in a rash, in sweat etc. I'm allergic to strawberries. They make me break out in a rash.
break the ice
to overcome the first shyness etc. Let's break the ice by inviting our new neighbours for a meal.
break up
1. to divide, separate or break into pieces. He broke up the old furniture and burnt it; John and Mary broke up (= separated from each other) last week.
2. to finish or end. The meeting broke up at 4.40.
make a break for it
to make an (attempt to) escape. When the guard is not looking, make a break for it.
References in periodicals archive ?
GLRI funding will be used to dredge Grand Traverse Harbor, remove sands which have accumulated along the harbor breakwall and dredge a trough which provides a natural sediment trap just north of the reef.
As a young boy, small pail in hand, I would gather mussels, shore crabs (which I knew as talangka), and fish along the breakwall of Manila Bay on Roxas Boulevard, for my family's meal.
The breakwall and rocks girding the Gulf side of Gasparilla Island are among the best-known of southwest Florida hotspots.
We just slid inside the breakwall as the wave crashed and scoured through the channel behind us.
Where the barges failed, the rock-armored breakwall successfully kept wind-driven waves away from the pilot project area.
"A breakwall is being built and [they have excavated] about 30-40 meters deep.
The images of six-metre waves smashing into the breakwall of the Coffs Harbour Marina were spectacular, hut the forces they unleashed, combined with 50-knot winds, left the marina badly damaged.
In Haileybury, the breakwall structure at the former service marina will be rehabilitated where a covered boathouse was removed.
The primary Redondo Beach Generating Station (RBGS) intake was located near the King Harbor breakwall, a well documented mature artificial reef (Stephens et al., 1994).
Marine Unit ECOs Kevin Thomas and Brent Wilson were patrolling the Rockaway shoreline when they stopped in front of a breakwall to check an angler who had parked his car along the road and was arranging his gear.
Overzealous photographers also put themselves at risk, with a photographer from the Chicago Tribune requiring rescue after going out onto the breakwall.
to the breakwall and back, playing its tricks upon you