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
Recent Examples of berm from the Web
The Islamic State has fortified these areas, digging trenches and clogging streets with earthen berms in an attempt to delay Iraq’s final push.
A large berm might prevent future slides from making it onto the road.
This article was updated with Tara Finnigan’s statement about the sand berm and sandbags.
A soldier can crouch behind a wall or berm and raise his rifle up, stealing a look without exposing himself to enemy fire.
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Origin and Etymology of berm
French berme, from Dutch berm strip of ground along a dike; akin to Middle English brimme brim
First Known Use: 1693See Words from the same year
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Definition of berm for English Language Learners
: a small hill or wall of dirt or sand
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