groin [grɔın] n
a low wall built out into the sea to prevent the sea from removing sand and stones from the shore

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  • Groyne — Groyne, n. [Obs.] See {Groin}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • groyne — [ grɔın ] noun count a wall built out into the ocean to protect the beach from being destroyed by the water …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • groyne — strong, low sea wall, 1580s, perhaps from obsolete groin pig s snout (c.1300; the wall so called because it was thought to look like one), from O.Fr. groin, from L. grunnire grunt …   Etymology dictionary

  • groyne — (US groin) ► NOUN ▪ a low wall or barrier built out into the sea from a beach to prevent erosion and drifting. ORIGIN from dialect groin snout , from Latin grunium pig s snout …   English terms dictionary

  • Groyne — Groynes in Sitges A groyne (groin in the United States) is a rigid hydraulic structure built from an ocean shore (in coastal engineering) or from a bank (in rivers) that interrupts water flow and limits the movement of sediment. In the ocean,… …   Wikipedia

  • groyne — UK [ɡrɔɪn] / US noun [countable] Word forms groyne : singular groyne plural groynes a wall built out into the sea to protect the beach from being destroyed by the water …   English dictionary

  • groyne — groin, groyne The groin is the part of the body between the belly and thigh; a groyne (AmE groin) is a low wall or timber framework built out from a sea shore to prevent beach erosion …   Modern English usage

  • groyne — noun /ɡɹɔɪn/ A (usually wooden) structure that projects from a coastline to prevent erosion, longshore drift etc.; a breakwater , 1993, Our assimilation into one another had been beautifully timed, with each little revelation of unpleasantness… …   Wiktionary

  • groyne — buna statusas T sritis ekologija ir aplinkotyra apibrėžtis Hidrotechninis įrenginys – pusinė (iš vieno galo nesiekianti kranto) užtvanka ar jų grupė sąnašoms paplūdimyje kaupti, krantui nuo išplovimo saugoti. atitikmenys: angl. bankhead; groyne;… …   Ekologijos terminų aiškinamasis žodynas

  • groyne — noun Etymology: by alteration Date: 1582 groin 3 …   New Collegiate Dictionary