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Beach vs. Strand: What's the Difference?

Edited by Sumera Saeed || By Sawaira Riaz || Updated on September 28, 2023
"Beach" refers to a sandy or pebbly shore beside a body of water, while "Strand" can mean a shore, especially of the sea, but can also mean to leave someone in a difficult or helpless situation.

Key Differences

"Beach" and "Strand" both have associations with the coast, but their meanings and usages in English can vary quite a bit.
Sawaira Riaz
Sep 28, 2023
A "Beach" is generally characterized as a stretch of sand or small pebbles along the edge of a sea, lake, or river. People often think of beaches as places to sunbathe, swim, or play. "Strand," when referring to a shore, is more commonly used in British English and can be synonymous with "beach" but isn't always as specific.
Sawaira Riaz
Sep 28, 2023
The word "Strand" also has meanings beyond describing a shoreline. It can imply a situation where someone or something is left without means to move, as in a car that's stranded due to a flat tire or a person stranded because of a missed flight.
Sawaira Riaz
Sep 28, 2023
Both "Beach" and "Strand" also have further meanings and usages. For example, "beaching" can mean to run or haul ashore, as in the case of a boat. Meanwhile, in the realm of string or hair, a "strand" can denote a single thin length or piece.
Janet White
Sep 28, 2023
While both terms can pertain to coastal areas, "Beach" is more straightforward in its implication, whereas "Strand" offers a broader range of meanings.
Aimie Carlson
Sep 28, 2023
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Definition

Sandy or pebbly shore by water.
Shore or a single thin length of something.
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Part of Speech

Noun
Noun/Verb
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Geographic Use

Global, but especially in American English.
More common in British English for coastal meaning.
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Extended Meaning

To run or haul ashore (e.g., boat).
To leave in a difficult situation or a single piece of something (e.g., hair).
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Sep 28, 2023

Frequency

More frequently used.
Less frequent; has multiple meanings beyond shore.
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Sep 28, 2023
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Beach and Strand Definitions

Beach

A sandy or pebbly shoreline by a body of water.
The beach was crowded with sunbathers and swimmers.
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Sep 28, 2023

Strand

A single thin length of something.
She found a strand of hair in her soup.
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Sep 28, 2023

Beach

The ground beneath the sea close to the shore.
A myriad of creatures dwell on the ocean's beach.
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Sep 28, 2023

Strand

One of the elements interwoven in a complex whole.
The story had several strands that came together in the end.
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Sep 28, 2023

Beach

To run or haul ashore, especially for boats.
The fisherman decided to beach his boat before the storm hit.
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Sep 28, 2023

Strand

A string of pearls or beads.
She wore a strand of pearls around her neck.
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Sep 28, 2023

Beach

A place of relaxation and leisure near water.
Many tourists visit the beach during summer vacations.
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Sep 28, 2023

Strand

Land, typically a beach, bordering a body of water.
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Nov 18, 2022

Beach

The area between the water's edge and inhabited land.
He walked along the beach looking for seashells.
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Sep 28, 2023

Strand

A complex of fibers or filaments that have been twisted together to form a cable, rope, thread, or yarn.
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Nov 18, 2022

Beach

The shore of a body of water, especially when sandy or pebbly.
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Strand

A single filament, such as a fiber or thread, of a woven or braided material.
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Beach

The sand or pebbles on a shore.
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Strand

A ropelike length of something
A strand of pearls.
A strand of DNA.
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Nov 18, 2022

Beach

The zone above the water line at a shore of a body of water, marked by an accumulation of sand, stone, or gravel that has been deposited by the tide or waves.
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Nov 18, 2022

Strand

A wisp or lock of hair.
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Beach

To run, haul, or bring ashore
Beached the rowboat in front of the cabin.
Hooked a big bluefish but was unable to beach it.
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Nov 18, 2022

Strand

One of the elements woven together to make an intricate whole, such as the plot of a novel.
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Beach

To cause (a whale or other sea animal) to be unable to swim free from a beach.
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Strand

To drive or run (a boat, for example) ashore or aground.
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Nov 18, 2022

Beach

To run or be hauled ashore
We beached near the palm trees.
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Nov 18, 2022

Strand

To cause (a whale or other sea animal) to be unable to swim free from a beach or from shallow water.
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Beach

To be stranded on a beach. Used of sea animals.
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Strand

To bring into or leave in a difficult or helpless position
The convoy was stranded in the desert.
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Beach

The shore of a body of water, especially when sandy or pebbly.
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Strand

(Baseball) To leave (a base runner) on base at the end of an inning.
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Beach

A horizontal strip of land, usually sandy, adjoining water.
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Strand

(Linguistics) To separate (a grammatical element) from other elements in a construction, either by moving it out of the construction or moving the rest of the construction. In the sentence What are you aiming at, the preposition at has been stranded.
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Nov 18, 2022

Beach

The loose pebbles of the seashore, especially worn by waves; shingle.
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Strand

To be driven or run ashore or aground
The boat stranded on the rocks.
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Beach

Synonym of gravel trap
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Strand

To be stranded, as on a beach. Used of sea animals.
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Beach

(sports) A dry, dusty pitch or situation, as though playing on sand.
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Strand

To make or form (a rope, for example) by twisting strands together.
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Beach

(intransitive) To run aground on a beach.
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Strand

To break a strand of (a rope, for example).
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Beach

(transitive) To run (something) aground on a beach.
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Strand

The shore or beach of the sea or ocean; shore; beach.
Grand Strand
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Beach

(of a vehicle) To run into an obstacle or rough or soft ground, so that the floor of the vehicle rests on the ground and the wheels cannot gain traction.
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Strand

The shore or beach of a lake or river.
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Beach

Pebbles, collectively; shingle.
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Strand

A small brook or rivulet.
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Beach

The shore of the sea, or of a lake, which is washed by the waves; especially, a sandy or pebbly shore; the strand.
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Strand

A passage for water; gutter.
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Beach

To run or drive (as a vessel or a boat) upon a beach; to strand; as, to beach a ship.
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Strand

A street.
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Beach

An area of sand sloping down to the water of a sea or lake
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Strand

Each of the strings which, twisted together, make up a yarn, rope or cord.
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Beach

Land on a beach;
The ship beached near the port
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Strand

A string.
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Strand

An individual length of any fine, string-like substance.
Strand of spaghetti
Strand of hair.
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Strand

(electronics) A group of wires, usually twisted or braided.
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Strand

(broadcasting) A series of programmes on a particular theme or linked subject.
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Strand

(figurative) An element in a composite whole; a sequence of linked events or facts; a logical thread.
Strand of truth
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Strand

(genetics) A nucleotide chain.
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Strand

To run aground; to beach.
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Strand

To leave (someone) in a difficult situation; to abandon or desert.
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Strand

To cause the third out of an inning to be made, leaving a runner on base.
Jones pops up; that's going to strand a pair.
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Strand

(transitive) To break a strand of (a rope).
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Strand

(transitive) To form by uniting strands.
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Strand

One of the twists, or strings, as of fibers, wires, etc., of which a rope is composed.
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Strand

The shore, especially the beach of a sea, ocean, or large lake; rarely, the margin of a navigable river.
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Strand

To break a strand of (a rope).
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Strand

To drive on a strand; hence, to run aground; as, to strand a ship.
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Strand

To drift, or be driven, on shore to run aground; as, the ship stranded at high water.
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Strand

A pattern forming a unity within a larger structural whole;
He tried to pick up the strands of his former life
I could hear several melodic strands simultaneously
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Strand

Line consisting of a complex of fibers or filaments that are twisted together to form a thread or a rope or a cable
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Strand

A necklace made by a stringing objects together;
A string of beads
A strand of pearls
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Strand

A very slender natural or synthetic fiber
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Strand

A poetic term for a shore (as the area periodically covered and uncovered by the tides)
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Strand

A street in west central London famous for its theaters and hotels
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Strand

Leave stranded or isolated withe little hope og rescue;
The travellers were marooned
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Strand

A shore, especially of the sea.
The ship was wrecked on a desolate strand.
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Sep 28, 2023

Strand

To leave someone without means to move or proceed.
She was stranded at the airport after her flight was canceled.
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Sep 28, 2023

FAQs

Is a "Strand" always a beach?

No, "strand" can also refer to being left helpless or a single piece of something.
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Sep 28, 2023

Can you "strand" a boat on a "beach"?

Yes, if a boat is left ashore, especially involuntarily.
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Sep 28, 2023

Are all "beaches" sandy?

No, beaches can be sandy, pebbly, or even rocky.
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Sep 28, 2023

Is "strand" commonly used to describe a beach in America?

It's more commonly used in British English for that meaning.
Sara Rehman
Sep 28, 2023

Are all "beaches" public?

No, some are private and may restrict access.
Aimie Carlson
Sep 28, 2023

How does "strand" relate to DNA?

DNA has two complementary strands.
Aimie Carlson
Sep 28, 2023

Are beaches only found in coastal regions?

No, they can also be found beside lakes or rivers.
Harlon Moss
Sep 28, 2023

Can "beach" be used as a verb?

Yes, as in "beaching a boat."
Sawaira Riaz
Sep 28, 2023

Is "strand" used in the context of hair?

Yes, as in a "strand of hair."
Sara Rehman
Sep 28, 2023

How does "strand" relate to threads or ropes?

A rope can be made of several strands twisted together.
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Sep 28, 2023

Are "beaches" always by the sea?

No, there are also river and lake beaches.
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Sep 28, 2023

Can "strand" imply a negative situation?

Yes, as in being stranded without help.
Aimie Carlson
Sep 28, 2023

Is a "strand" of pearls a single pearl?

No, it's a string or series of pearls.
Aimie Carlson
Sep 28, 2023

How do you "beach" a boat?

By running or hauling it ashore.
Harlon Moss
Sep 28, 2023

Can beaches be artificial?

Yes, some beaches are man-made, like those at resorts.
Aimie Carlson
Sep 28, 2023
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