embankment


em·bank·ment

noun \-mənt\

: a raised bank or wall that is built to carry a roadway or hold back water

Full Definition of EMBANKMENT

1
:  a raised structure (as of earth or gravel) used especially to hold back water or to carry a roadway
2
:  the action of embanking

Examples of EMBANKMENT

  1. <the embankment is steep, so be careful walking along the ridge>

First Known Use of EMBANKMENT

1786

Other Civil Engineering Terms

asphalt, ballast, barrage, cantilever, infrastructure, sluice

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