\ ˈbərm How to pronounce berm (audio) \

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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New landscaped berms buffer the traffic’s noise, while paths weaving around the rest of the park are embedded to preserve sightlines of both the arch and the Mississippi River. Julie V. Iovine, WSJ, "The Best Architecture of 2018: Building for Complex Experiences," 14 Dec. 2018 The race started at the end of an otherwise unremarkable training camp practice in August, with fans sitting along the grassy berm at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center, facing a pair of practice fields. Mike Vorel, The Seattle Times, "Seahawks veteran leader Duane Brown doesn’t move like an offensive lineman. Here’s why.," 12 Dec. 2018 Yes, steel increases the tool's weight but increases its ability to cut into drifts and the snowplow berm at the end of the driveway. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "How to Shovel Snow and Which Shovel to Use," 28 Nov. 2018 In 2018, New York City will commence construction of the East Side Coastal Resiliency Project, known as the Big U, a 10-foot steel and concrete berm around Lower Manhattan, at a cost of more than $3 billion. Robert Glennon, New York Times, "Three Authors See Water, Water Everywhere, for Better and Worse," 30 Mar. 2018 Along the dirt berm that encircles the outpost, about 10 MAT soldiers were lying on the ground Monday morning, peering through the scopes of their M-16 rifles and firing at targets as part of a training day. Lolita C. Baldor, The Seattle Times, "US general visits troops fighting Islamic State in Syria," 22 Oct. 2018 Add a mulch around the new plant to the edge of the berm. Tom Maccubbin,, "Spring perfect time for planting trees, shrubs," 10 Mar. 2018 The Springwater Corridor and railroad tracks sit atop the berm. Andrew Theen,, "Springwater Corridor closure will divert cyclists onto city streets, help salmon habitat," 5 June 2018 Bermudez believes the larger berm is meant to test larger, longer-range missile engines for the Gorae program. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Is North Korea's Nuclear Missile Sub Ready to Set Sail?," 19 Dec. 2016

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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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The first known use of berm was in 1693

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English Language Learners Definition of berm

chiefly US : a small hill or wall of dirt or sand

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not to be persuaded, moved, or stopped

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