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BEACH Definition & Legal Meaning

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This term, in its ordinary signification, when applied to a place on tide waters, means the space between ordinary aigh and low water mark, or the space over which the tide usually ebbs and flows. It is a term not more significant of a sea margin than “shore.” Niles v. Patch, 13 Gray (Mass.) 257. The term designates land washed by the sea and its waves; is synonymous with “shore.” Littlefield v. Littlefield, 28 Me. 180. When used in reference to places near the sea, beach means the land between the lines of high water and low water, over which the tide ebbs and flows. Hodge v. Boothby, 48 Me. OS. Beach means the shore or strand. Cutts v. Ilussey. 15 Me. 237. Beach, when used in reference to places anywhere in the vicinity of the sea, means the territory lying between the lines of high water and low water, over which the tide ebbs and flows, it is in this respect synonymous with “shore,” “strand,” or “flats.” Doane v. Will- cutt, 5 Gray (Mass.) 328. 335, 66 Am. Dec. 369. Beach generally denotes land between high and low water mark. East Hampton v. Kirk, 6 Hun (N. Y.) 257. To “beach” a ship is to run it upon the beach or shore; this is frequently found necessary in case of fire, a leak, etc.


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