beach |biːtʃ| *playa(en Español) DEFINITIONnouna pebbly or sandy shore, especially by the sea between high- and low-water marks: fabulous sandy beaches.
verb [ with obj. ]run or haul up (a boat or ship) on to a beach: at the water's edge a rowing boat was beached.• (of an angler) land (a fish) on a beach.• (also be beached) [ no obj. ] (of a whale or similar animal) become stranded out of the water: we don't know what causes whales to beach.• leave (someone) at a loss: competitive procurement seems to have beached several firms. ORIGINmid 16th cent. (denoting shingle on the seashore): perhaps related to Old English bæce, bece ‘brook’(an element that survives in place names such as Wis bech and Sandbach), assuming an intermediate sense‘pebbly river valley’.