earthwork

play
noun earth·work \ˈərth-ˌwərk\

Definition of earthwork

  1. 1 :  an embankment or other construction made of earth; especially :  one used as a field fortification

  2. 2 :  the operations connected with excavations and embankments of earth

  3. 3 :  a work of art consisting of a portion of land modified by an artist

Recent Examples of earthwork from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'earthwork.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of earthwork

1633


EARTHWORK Defined for English Language Learners

earthwork

play
noun

Definition of earthwork for English Language Learners

  • : a raised bank or wall made of soil

Learn More about earthwork


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up earthwork? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

lethargy or dullness

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Time Traveler Quiz: Which Word Came First?

  • time-traveler-quiz-which-word-came-first
  • Which came first?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!