Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

Areas of land around rivers, lakes and seas

bank

noun

a raised area of land along the side of a river

basin

noun

a large area of land whose surface water all flows into a particular river or lake

bay

noun

an area of the coast where the land curves inwards

beach

noun

an area of sand or small stones beside the sea or a lake

bight

noun

a long curved part of the coast or a large river

bund

noun

a raised area of land around a rice field or a reservoir that is designed to keep water in

cape

noun

a large area of land that continues further out into the sea than the land it is part of. This word is often used in the names of places.

catchment area

noun

the area of land around a river or lake that it gets its water from

coast

noun

an area of land beside a sea

coastline

noun

the land along a coast, especially when seen from the sea or the air

delta

noun

an area where a river divides into several smaller rivers that flow into the sea

dockside

noun

the area next to a dock

dune

noun

a hill of sand on a beach or in a desert

flats

noun

a low flat area of land, usually wet land near a large area of water

flood plain

noun

a flat area of land near a river that often floods when the water level rises

foreshore

noun

a narrow area of land beside a sea, a lake, or a wide river, between the water and where trees or houses begin

foreshore

noun

the area of land beside a sea, between the highest and lowest points that the water reaches

front

noun

the area along the edge of the sea or a lake in a town

ghat

noun

in India, the steps leading down to a river or lake where people wash themselves

headland

noun

a narrow piece of land that sticks out into the sea

heritage coast

noun

a part of a coast that is considered to be of special value, either because it is very beautiful or for environmental reasons, and that cannot therefore be built on

isthmus

noun

a narrow piece of land that joins two larger areas and has water on both sides

lakeside

noun

the land that surrounds a lake

lido

noun

a beach

mudflats

noun

areas of wet land that are covered by the sea at high tide (=when it is at its highest level)

neck

noun

a long narrow piece of land or area of water

oceanfront

adjective

on an area of land next to the sea. The British word is seafront

peninsula

noun

a long piece of land that is mostly surrounded by water, but is joined at one end to a larger area of land

point

noun

a piece of land that stretches out into an area of water

promenade

noun

a place to walk, usually next to a beach

promontory

noun

a narrow piece of land that sticks out into the sea

quayside

noun

the area around a quay or at the edge of it

river bank

noun

the land at the side of a river

riverside

noun

the land at the side of a river

sandbank

noun

an area of sand that is formed in or at the edge of a river or sea

sand dune

noun

a hill of sand that is formed by the wind in a desert or near a beach

seaboard

noun

the part of a country that is next to the sea

seashore

noun

a piece of land next to the sea, especially a beach

the seaside

noun

an area that is near the sea, especially one where people go for a holiday

seaside

noun

at the seaside, or taking place there

shore

noun

the land that is on the edge of a lake, river, or sea

shores

noun

used about a country or area of land that has a border on the sea

shoreline

noun

the edge of a sea, lake, or large river

spit

noun

a long narrow area of land that stretches out into the sea or a lake

strand

noun

a beach or area at the edge of a sea, lake, or river

tongue

noun

a long narrow piece of land that continues out into a sea, lake etc

waterfront

noun

an area that is next to a river, lake, or the sea

water meadow

noun

a field next to a river that fills with water when the river floods

waterside

noun

an area that is next to a river, lake, or the sea

the deep web

a part of the Internet that cannot be accessed with conventional browsers or search tools, often used for illegal activity

BuzzWord Article

Open Dictionary

digital hermit

a person who avoids using modern technologies like e-mail or the Internet

add a word

Blog

A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog