berm

noun
\ 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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An earthen berm will continue to separate the development from nearby subdivisions like Pin Oak. Mike Glenn, Houston Chronicle, "Katy Boardwalk District hotel construction to begin this year," 10 June 2019 In the Gobi Desert, eroding earthen berms — unfinished rail beds — rise like burial mounds. Ian Macdougall, Propublica, ProPublica, "The Country That Exiled McKinsey," 14 May 2019 The university has no plans to relocate, climate scientist and professor Philip Orton said, due to its location on one of the highest points in town well above the floodplain, in addition to the berm that protects the city itself from flooding. Max Cohen, USA TODAY, "'Let's double down.' Climate change could put these colleges underwater. Why they're staying put," 1 July 2019 The conditions may be a notch above destitute, but beyond the berms that surround the camp lies the very real prospect of being killed. Sebastian Shukla, Tim Lister And Clarissa Ward, CNN, "The forgotten crisis that has displaced 1.2 million people," 27 June 2019 His first home run – a three-run job in the seventh – was yanked well onto the berm in front of the course in right field. Jeff Sanders, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Mechanical change helping Travis Jankowski in Padres outfield battle," 11 Mar. 2018 Personnel from the group of agencies built a berm along one of the rivers in town. Elise Schmelzer, The Denver Post, "18,000 sandbags later, Lake City flood fears diminish even as rivers rise across southwestern Colorado," 16 June 2019 Officials said the life of the dam has been extended through repairs to the earthen berm and concrete spillway structure. Jennifer Whidden, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "After $100,000 and a year of repairs, Waukesha County's School Section Lake is open again," 7 June 2019 The request for the change poised to go to the Plan Commission would, in part, repeal requirements for residents to build a berm for target practice and define that the ordinance applies only to commercial or nonprofit shooting ranges or gun clubs. Craig Lyons, Post-Tribune, "Lake council seeks clarity on rules for shooting ranges, gun clubs," 6 June 2019

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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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berm

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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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