\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 other work includes dredging contaminated sediment from streams and from ponds near mine openings, and digging ditches and berms to keep water from flushing contaminants out of waste piles and into streams. Dan Elliott, The Christian Science Monitor, "EPA announces plan to clean up Colorado mines," 15 June 2018 Flow Mama is a flow trail or flow country trail, a trail characterized by down- and uphill sections, curved berms and other features that allow for a flowy, rollercoaster-like ride. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Cable is one of Wisconsin's best trail towns," 7 June 2018 Today, there is fencing around the deep pit and a landscaped berm designed to block the unsightly construction remains from nearby townhomes. Bill Ruthhart,, "Exclusive: Two soaring towers planned for long-languishing Chicago Spire site along Lake Shore Drive," 11 May 2018 In addition to the 5-foot berm, the business agreed to add trees and shrubs to the site, officials said. Todd Shields,, "Midsized manufacturer eyeing expansion leaves Vernon Hills for nearby Lincolnshire," 28 June 2018 All the classic elements of a traditional links course are here: pot bunkers, tees adjacent to greens, tall fescue, berms, hollows and bedeviling greens that range from microscopic to a massive double green. Detroit Free Press, "Ranking Michigan's top 10 vacation golf courses," 21 June 2018 When these crews are done excavating 1.9 million cubic yards of soil to consolidate 19 basins into 9 deeper basins (fewer berms = more surface area for soakage), enough water will be captured each year to hydrate an average of 50,000 households. Matt Simon, WIRED, "LA Is Doing Water Better Than Your City. Yes, That LA," 12 June 2018 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

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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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