barrier island
noun Date: 1943 a long broad sandy island lying parallel to a shore that is built up by the action of waves, currents, and winds and that protects the shore from the effects of the ocean

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  • barrier island — n. a long island, parallel to the coastline, formed from a ridge of sand (barrier beach) thrown up by the waves, that serves the shore as a protective barrier against tidal waves, storms, etc …   English World dictionary

  • barrier island — noun a long narrow sandy island (wider than a reef) running parallel to the shore • Hypernyms: ↑island • Instance Hyponyms: ↑Hatteras Island * * * noun : a barrier so broadened as to be much more than a barrier beach; also : a long series of such …   Useful english dictionary

  • barrier island —    A long, narrow, sandy island, that is above high tide and parallel to the shore that commonly has dunes, vegetated zones, and swampy or marshy terrains extending lagoonward from the beach.    Compare: barrier beach.    GG …   Glossary of landform and geologic terms

  • barrier island — a long and low barrier beach detached between two inlets …   Dictionary of ichthyology

  • barrier island — a broadened barrier beach, habitable in places, that provides a measure of protection for the mainland, as during hurricanes and tidal waves. * * * …   Universalium

  • barrier island — bar′rier is′land n. gel geo a broad, sandy island that runs parallel to the mainland and protects it from hurricanes, tidal waves, etc • Etymology: 1940–45 …   From formal English to slang

  • Barrier Island Station — (Duck,США) Категория отеля: 3 звездочный отель Адрес: 1245 Duck Road, Duck, N …   Каталог отелей

  • Great Barrier Island — ▪ island, New Zealand       island marking the northeastern corner of Hauraki Gulf, eastern North Island, New Zealand. Separated from the Coromandel Peninsula (south) by Colville Channel, it is the largest island off North Island, with a total… …   Universalium

  • Little Barrier Island — ▪ island, New Zealand       island in the northern end of Hauraki Gulf, eastern North Island, New Zealand, lying 15 miles (24 km) across Jellicoe Channel from the mainland. Cradock Channel separates it from Great Barrier Island to the east. Of… …   Universalium

  • Great Barrier Island — Aotea (Māori) Nickname: The Barrier Kaitoke Beach in the east of Great Barrier Island. The White Cliffs can be seen in the front right …   Wikipedia

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