Breakwater

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Definition of Breakwater:
A structure built for reducing wave activity in the waters at the leeside. It can be linked to the shore or it can be positioned offshore.
This is the common definition for Breakwater, other definitions can be discussed in the article


A common type is the detached breakwater. This is a structure approximately parallel to the coast, built inside or outside the surf zone. The main purpose of detached breakwaters is either to protect a harbor entrance or a ship wharf from wave action or to reduce wave activity at the beach.


See:

Application of breakwaters,
Detached breakwaters,
Detached shore parallel breakwaters,
Floating breakwaters,
Stability of rubble mound breakwaters and shore revetments.