: 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
: the shoulder of a road
deer … feeding on the berm of the highwayNorman Erickson

Examples of berm in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Keeping the lagoon open to the ocean prevents stagnation and flooding, which can occur when a sand berm builds up at the beach. Phil Diehl, San Diego Union-Tribune, 9 June 2024 Serrano, director of the Audubon Center at Debs Park, another urban oasis, explained that the berms would funnel water to the mule fat, black sage, golden currant, sycamore trees and other native foliage the least Bell’s vireo needs to thrive. Lila Seidman, Los Angeles Times, 15 May 2024 The east and west berms, or walls, were separated by a driveway leading into the complex, and GM had opted to remove them as part of the $500 million renovation after the company bought the complex. Eric D. Lawrence, Detroit Free Press, 15 Apr. 2024 In fall of 2009, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation built a berm along the highway's west side. Tom Daykin, Journal Sentinel, 8 Apr. 2024 See all Example Sentences for berm 

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1693, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of berm was in 1693

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Cite this Entry

“Berm.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/berm. Accessed 16 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


: a shelf or path at the top or bottom of a slope
also : a mound or wall of earth

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