em·​bank·​ment | \im-ˈbaŋk-mənt \

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

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Synonyms for embankment


dam, dike, head, levee

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Examples of embankment in a Sentence

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

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As a result of the collision, the woman's Chevrolet SUV rolled down an embankment and onto the shoulder of northbound Bruce R. Watkins Drive below, backing up traffic around rush hour. Max Londberg, kansascity, "Woman police suspect of driving impaired runs stop sign and causes fatal crash in KC | The Kansas City Star," 1 May 2018 The initial crash happened just before 11 a.m., when an SUV exiting eastbound Loop 202 at Recker Road lost control and went down the gravel embankment and struck the center wall, Arizona Department of Public Safety spokesman Quentin Mehr said. Brieanna J Frank, azcentral, "Good Samaritan killed while helping crash victims in Mesa," 24 May 2018 The vehicle went down an embankment and struck a tree, the release said. Sarah Hauer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "22-year-old New Glarus woman dies in car crash," 24 June 2018 Crews had trouble accessing the fire on the embankment, so the California Highway Patrol escorted a fire engine down Highway 50, Wade said. Molly Sullivan, sacbee, "Homeless encampment causes fire, traffic jam on Highway 50," 30 May 2018 Elena Rodriguez was shot in 2012 on a street just south of the border in Nogales when Swartz fired 16 shots through a 20-foot fence on an embankment above Calle Internacional, a Nogales street lined with homes and small businesses. Washington Post, "Retrial for U.S. agent over border slaying," 12 May 2018 Photos posted by police on Facebook show the plane wrecked along a bridge embankment just above stream. Travis Fedschun, Fox News, "Small plane makes crash landing on busy Colorado road," 17 Apr. 2018 Prosecutors say Swartz opened fire at about 11:30 p.m. on Oct. 10, 2012, through the metal poles of a 20-foot fence along an embankment above Mexico’s Calle Internacional, a street lined with homes and small businesses. BostonGlobe.com, "US agent on trial in cross-border killing of Mexican teen," 20 Mar. 2018 Chief Deputy Coroner Bill Yates on Thursday said Daniels was found lying on a grass embankment near the roadway in the 5200 block of Avenue O. He had been stabbed in the leg, and a major artery was hit. Carol Robinson, AL.com, "Birmingham homicide victim identified; family sought," 22 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of embankment

1786, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of embankment was in 1786

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English Language Learners Definition of embankment

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


em·​bank·​ment | \in-ˈbaŋk-mənt \

Kids Definition of embankment

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

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