Any construction or contrivance as a mole or a wall in the lips of a harbor to break the force of waves and manage defense against their particular assault
- a protective construction of stone or cement; extends from shore to the liquid to prevent a beach from cleansing away
- Any structure or contrivance, as a mole, or a wall at the mouth of a harbor, to split the force of waves, and pay for defense against their particular assault.
1721, from break (v.) + water (n.1).
(n.) Any structure or contrivance, as a mole, or a wall on mouth of a harbor, to break the force of waves, and afford protection from their physical violence.
Between the extremities of these two piers and those of the breakwater are the two entrances to the harbour.