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

Examples of berm in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The consultants suggested building a berm of earth and rock that could be further elevated over time. New York Times, 2 June 2021 The property Scannell is developing would be adjacent to the upscale Odyssey Country Club subdivision, but the developer is proposing a landscaped berm to help screen the industrial property, Clarke said. Mike Nolan, chicagotribune.com, 26 May 2021 Moreno stopped to wipe pine tree needles off the Dreamland Theater plaque, which today sits in front of a berm on the interstate. NBC News, 26 May 2021 In addition, the Africatown District requires a wall or a fence with a minimum height of six feet or a berm with a minimum height of five feet to serve as a separation between residential and industrial properties. al, 18 May 2021 Farm workers on the morning of April 20 discovered an earthen berm that was part of the temporary lagoon had given way, and the wastes inside had flowed into a county drain spilling into nearby Freeman Creek. Keith Matheny, Detroit Free Press, 11 May 2021 The city spent a little more than $1 million renovating the field, creating a family-friendly picnic berm, moving the bullpens from the warning tracks to right field, painting and other cosmetic repairs. Carrie Napoleon, chicagotribune.com, 30 Apr. 2021 That includes new playing surface, new bullpens and a grass berm in the right field pavilion for fans to sit. Annie Alleman, chicagotribune.com, 29 Apr. 2021 Some people go to theme parks to see animals (or animatronics) like these behind a fence, or glass tank or berm. Mark Gauert, sun-sentinel.com, 28 Apr. 2021

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/berm. Accessed 16 Jun. 2021.

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berm

noun

English Language Learners Definition of berm

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

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