ακτές, παραλίες, ακροθάλασσα, etc.  Choose the English equivalents carefully: beach, shore, coast, shoreline, coastline, beach, are common equivalents, but there is no simple one-to-one relationship between the English words and the Greek words.  In English the defining factor may be different from Greek.  Consider the two words coastline and shoreline, for example. 

 

         

coastline                                                            shoreline

The coastline is often a matter of thinking in terms of kilometres, and length, while the shoreline is a matter of metres, and tells us what features are found at or just above the waterline.  In the first picture, you can see the coastline for miles; in the second picture, the trees come down almost to the shoreline, or almost to the water's edge. Shoreline can also be used for the shores of a lake, while coastline is restricted to the sea.

The citations below, taken from the Bank of English, should help to make the difference clear.

of warmth, sunshine, and happiness. I see a coastline with waves gently lapping at it, and a
   into a great marsh. Blue herons patrol a shoreline that only a decade earlier was encased in
battered their way across the North African coastline, finally trapping the depleted and
   six new breweries dotted along the Asian coastline. One on China's Hainan island will be APB's
countryside and white sands of the Atlantic coastline to Tangier, situated where the
 The <f> Rainbow <f> flew up the Australian coastline, high and gleaming and triumphant: and then
dage to smaller boats all along the British coastline. The incident at Felixstowe is one of the
for the 40-minute flight up the Connecticut coastline to Providence, Rhode Island. What started
a calm, sunny morning. <p> When the English coastline came into view the weather changed. We were
       in cities along 350 miles of Florida coastline were advised to evacuate their homes.
         Lake) while along its newly formed shoreline, trees have a tilted appearance (Kabzems
for the grunter run at Karumba, on the Gulf coastline. The late wet season has upset anglers'
a wide, ungainly arc away from the Honduran coastline. Sandoval observed Gunther Ruhr go down
 COASTLINE b <p> Ontario's lower Lake Huron coastline stretches 218 miles, from Sarnia north to
 at the top while to the west lies a jagged coastline dotted with tiny seaside villages. And to
 Bajas, a spectacular section of fjord-like coastline where several rivers meet the sea, is
a crossing and instead explore the mangrove shoreline on the northern side of the river. The
y 2,000 miles of Atlantic and Mediterranean coastline and the Sahara Desert. <p> MOROCCO has for
od and more accessible alcohol. The 65-mile coastline is one long sandy beach, the prettiest
 the oil is thirteen miles from the nearest coastline at Start Point off South Devon. Council
   naked bodies. <p> It was on a stretch of shoreline in Chile, near the bottom of South
    840 square miles, including 23 miles of coastline. At its heart you'll find the tallest
anker had devastated yet another stretch of coastline by sinking and spilling its cargo; another
n immensely valuable service protecting our coastline, but that they are now threatened by rising
lighthouse keeper, brought up on the remote coastline of the Western Highlands, Gordon was
   frogs (Rana muscosa) littered the lake's shoreline. Within a few months, frog numbers had
amburgh and Dunstanburgh haunting the sandy shoreline, while inland there's Hadrian's Wall which
hrough the dusk, sweeping along the seaward shoreline. They were both running, had only a split
 the top guns of sealion society. Above the shoreline, yard-long iguanas with peeling skins and
   voyage -an eight-night cruise around the coastline of Norway, dropping in at little ports `
    a gushing chocolate-coloured river. The shoreline looked like a construction site dominated
ong drift from the boat jetty down past the shoreline of the island, staying in close here, and
the Llyn Peninsular. Part of it follows the shoreline of Cardigan Bay and from the 11th tee above
   And picturesque fishing villages hug the shoreline -- Garlieston, Isle of Whithorn, Monreith,
he forest floor, waves crashing against the shoreline or the heartbeat. <p> Boba Tundaoletungi: I'
   pressure exists to build as close to the shoreline as possible. References Giese, S. Graham.
 Vietnamese island, it had steamed near the coastline, deliberately provoking North Vietnamese
  A few minutes later they crossed over the shoreline and headed out to sea. A resort with

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