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

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The work so far has involved prep work, including fencing, earthwork and site utility preparations. Alec Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Oconomowoc's new Meadow View Elementary is nearing completion ahead of the new school year," 28 June 2019 The landmark is surrounded by a vast expanse of fields, perfect walking country dotted with associated earthworks, burial grounds, and other monuments. National Geographic, "Why summer solstice is one of the best times to see Stonehenge," 6 June 2019 Causeways, irrigation channels, and small defensive earthworks often leave a pretty subtle mark on the landscape after a few centuries, and their scale extends well beyond a person’s field of view in the dense jungle. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "What 61,000 hidden structures reveal about Maya civilization," 28 Sep. 2018 Months after Mableton residents and historic preservationists clashed over how to name a new park that contains Civil War earthworks, the two sides appear to have reached a compromise. Meris Lutz, ajc, "Cobb likely to adopt compromise name for park with Civil War earthworks," 8 June 2018 And outside present-day St. Louis, Missouri, 10,000 people helped erect massive earthwork pyramids into a city now known as Cahokia around the time the real-life Macbeth ruled Scotland. Russell Contreras, The Seattle Times, "PBS docuseries ‘Native America’ recreates cultures pre-1492," 23 Oct. 2018 In 2010, the Dutch renovated Fort de Roovere, part of the earthworks erected to protect the Water Line when besieged. Ken Jennings, Condé Nast Traveler, "Moses Bridge: The Netherlands' Bridge Under Troubled Water," 6 Aug. 2018 In later digs Noël Hume determined that the ditch alongside the earthwork cuts across the workshop—suggesting the fort was built after the lab and possibly wasn't even Elizabethan. Andrew Lawler, Science | AAAS, "Archaeologists start a new hunt for the fabled Lost Colony of the New World," 6 June 2018 Read more: The announcement was made during a news conference Thursday, June 21 at Grand Rapids Project X — an asphalt earthwork built in 1974 between Lookout Park and Belknap Park. Wzzm-tv (grand Rapids), Detroit Free Press, "ArtPrize will take place every other year in Grand Rapids," 21 June 2018

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First Known Use of earthwork

1633, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of earthwork

: a raised bank or wall made of soil

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