\ ˈbərm \

Definition of berm 

1 : a narrow shelf, path, or ledge typically at the top or bottom of a slope also : a mound or wall of earth or sand a landscaped berm

2 : the shoulder of a road deer … feeding on the berm of the highway —Norman Erickson

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The driver apparently launched the vehicle off a berm, causing it to go airborne and embed itself in the house, the Ozaukee Press reported. Crystal Hill, miamiherald, "The minivan went airborne — and got lodged in the side of a home, Wisconsin authorities say," 5 July 2018 Earlier in June, village board members also asked Woldenberg and his staff to consider adding a berm along the northern edge of the site on Half Day Road to screen the business’ warehouse trucks. Todd Shields,, "Midsized manufacturer eyeing expansion leaves Vernon Hills for nearby Lincolnshire," 28 June 2018 Most of the lake is shallow, and when the berm was created, so was a canal system around it. Richard Tribou,, "Explore Florida's Okeechobee County: Tackling the Big O scenic trail," 6 May 2018 From there, visitors flow under a minimal glass canopy, fitted precisely to the edge of a grassy berm. Alexandra Lange, Curbed, "Gateway to what?," 28 June 2018 In a photo taken by the agent who spotted him, he is shown sitting on a berm along the side of a dirt road. Richard Ruelas, azcentral, "'Oh, God': Melania Trump reacts to photo of migrant boy left alone with note in desert," 28 June 2018 And the current administration is looking to push out the berms a little bit, too. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "GOP repeats ObamaCare mistakes on immigration," 18 June 2018 But up ahead, the road was blocked — flanked by tall berms of Eastern Oregon snowfall. Leah Sottile, Longreads, "Bundyville Chapter One: A War in the Desert," 15 May 2018 Officials recommended Saturday that residents who live around Musquashicut Pond consider evacuating because of the deterioration of a berm there. John Hilliard,, "Coastal residents wait for flooding and winds to subside," 4 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of berm

1693, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for berm

French berme, from Dutch berm strip of ground along a dike; akin to Middle English brimme brim

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: a small hill or wall of dirt or sand

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