berm

noun \ ˈbərm \
Updated on: 12 May 2018

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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Origin and Etymology of berm

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


BERM Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of berm for English Language Learners

  • : a small hill or wall of dirt or sand



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