Friday, May 23, 2008

Word For The Moment: Groyne

From Economist article "The wisdom of Canute":
The North Sea flood of 1953, which killed 307 people, led to a further building of sea walls and groynes.

Groyne - is a rigid hydraulic structure built out from the shore (in coastal engineering) or from the bank (in rivers) and interrupts the flow of water and sediment. Groynes serve a multitude of functions.