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Etymology 1Edit

beach (sandy shore) +‎ -ed


beached (comparative more beached, superlative most beached)

  1. (archaic, literary) Having a beach.
    • c. 1607, William Shakespeare, Timon of Athens, Act V, Scene 1, [1]
      Come not to me again: but say to Athens,
      Timon hath made his everlasting mansion
      Upon the beached verge of the salt flood;
    • 1958, Ovid, The Metamorphoses, translated by Horace Gregory, Viking, 1958, Book III, "Cadmus," p. 63,
      Even now Jove shed the image of a bull,
      Confessed himself a god, and stepped ashore
      On the beached mountainside of Crete,

Etymology 2Edit

See beach (verb)



  1. simple past tense and past participle of beach


beached (comparative more beached, superlative most beached)

  1. Run or brought ashore
    • 1924, Robinson Jeffers, Tamar in The Selected Poetry of Robinson Jeffers, Random House, 1937, p. 30, [2]
      [] Yet she glanced no thought
      At her own mermaid nakedness but gathering
      The long black serpents of beached seaweed wove
      Wreaths for old Jinny and crowned and wound her. []
    It is here, next to the beached ship of Odysseus, that the Achaeans of the Iliad hold their assemblies and perform their sacrifices.
  2. Stranded and helpless, especially on a beach
    a beached whale
    • 1970, Nadine Gordimer, A Guest of Honour, Penguin, 1973, Part Two, p. 103,
      There were some trampled-looking patches of cassava and taro and a beached, derelict car or two.
    • 1978, Edmund White, Nocturnes for the King of Naples, New York: St. Martin's Press, p. 109,
      Helene I found beached on the floor outside her room, awake and talking to herself but with no desire to press on toward bed.





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