\ 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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Recent Examples on the Web Yarbrough said tickets will be $12 for box seats, $10 for bleachers and $5 for the grass berm. Greg Luca,, "With Triple-A season in doubt, San Antonio Missions turn to Texas Collegiate League," 16 June 2020 With the removal of a berm along St. Jean Street, residents wanted some separation from the plant, said Kai Bowman, executive director of development in the mayor’s office. Eric D. Lawrence,, "Detroit's hulking sound barrier prompts Berlin Wall comparisons," 6 Mar. 2020 The developers’ proposals included the construction of a berm between the housing complex and a meadow where bighorns forage, limited lighting and restricted dog ownership. Bruce Finley, The Denver Post, "Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep advocates sue over plans to build Vail worker housing on animals’ habitat," 15 Nov. 2019 The developer, HYM Investment Group, plans to spend $300 million on infrastructure, and will help design a system of berms well outside the property to help protect Beachmont and Orient Heights. Anthony Flint,, "Tired of waiting for national push, a buzzing hive of climate resilience innovators is at work in Boston," 8 Aug. 2019 The western end of Dauphin Island is closed to visitors as crews build a sand berm about 4 feet tall and three miles long on the south side and continue to install polymer fences along the north. Lawrence Specker |, al, "A timeline of Deepwater Horizon disaster in Alabama," 19 Apr. 2020 The trailhead is easy to miss From the dirt turnouts near a cattle guard on the access road, locate the small trail sign on the west berm. Jill Cassidy, azcentral, "Hells Canyon Wilderness hike near Phoenix feels a million miles away. Here's how to do it," 7 Feb. 2020 Often called unconstructed beds or mounds, berm beds are the right choice for those who want to build a garden without actually building anything—not even stacks of organic matter. Christy Willhelmi, Sunset Magazine, "During Quarantine, Build This Super Simple Raised Bed to Maximize Your Garden— Safely," 8 Apr. 2020 Any remaining soil around the plots will be used in creating natural looking landscaping berms on the property. Sara Cline,, "Owners who have animals buried at San Antonio pet cemetery told to retrieve headstones," 2 Apr. 2020

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jul. 2020.

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

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