\ 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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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 Work on the clay berm is supposed to begin next week. Mark Schleifstein,, "On 17th Street Canal seepage, Corps and levee authority disagree on a fix," 19 Apr. 2018 Algeria’s government in 2016 constructed a six-foot-tall berm running hundreds of miles along the border to stop trucks from smuggling migrants. Joe Parkinson, WSJ, "Thousands Flock to Remote, Lawless Sahara in Search of Gold," 16 Oct. 2018 After planting, create a berm of soil at the edge of the root balls to hold and direct water down through the roots and out into surrounding soil. Tom Maccubbin,, "Cooler weather leads to more hardy azaleas," 17 Mar. 2018 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

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

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