embankment

noun em·bank·ment \ im-ˈbaŋk-mənt \
|Updated on: 11 Jul 2018

Definition of embankment

1 : a raised structure (as of earth or gravel) used especially to hold back water or to carry a roadway
2 : the action of embanking

Examples of embankment in a Sentence

  1. the embankment is steep, so be careful walking along the ridge

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First Known Use of embankment

1786

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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EMBANKMENT Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of embankment for English Language Learners

  • : a raised bank or wall that is built to carry a roadway or hold back water


EMBANKMENT Defined for Kids

embankment

noun em·bank·ment \ in-ˈbaŋk-mənt \

Definition of embankment for Students

: a raised bank or wall to carry a roadway or hold back water


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