earth·​work | \ ˈərth-ˌwərk How to pronounce earthwork (audio) \

Definition of earthwork

1 : an embankment or other construction made of earth especially : one used as a field fortification
2 : the operations connected with excavations and embankments of earth
3 : a work of art consisting of a portion of land modified by an artist

Examples of earthwork in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Currently, the earthwork is nearly gone and sits beneath a cemetery, per the Washington Post. Elizabeth Gamillo, Smithsonian Magazine, 7 Feb. 2022 The remaining images and evidence of the earthwork were illustrated in 1823 by United States Army Corps of Engineers and were drawn in a book called Ancient Monuments of the Mississippi Valley published by the Smithsonian Institution in 1848. Elizabeth Gamillo, Smithsonian Magazine, 7 Feb. 2022 Weiss/Manfredi’s earthwork at the edge of Brooklyn represent mourning as a constriction, a movement from light to darkness and back again. Justin Davidson, Curbed, 15 Mar. 2021 Snipers, missileers and artillerymen on both sides wait for, and take potshots at, the enemy on the opposite earthwork. David Axe, Forbes, 6 Dec. 2021 The figure was long presumed to be ancient, but until recent decades no technologies existed for dating such an earthwork. Rebecca Mead, The New Yorker, 12 May 2021 Yet Dia remains very much the keeper of the Minimal-Conceptual-earthwork flame. Roberta Smith, New York Times, 15 Apr. 2021 Harvey Fite’s large-scale, walkable earthwork sculpture handcrafted with local bluestone is imbued with a mythic sensibility that will inspire awe in visitors of all ages. Washington Post, 23 Apr. 2021 Native Americans shaped the 35-foot-tall earthwork as a ceremonial site between 1200 and 1730. Andrew Nelson, WSJ, 23 Apr. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of earthwork

1633, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Earthwork.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jun. 2022.

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