em·​bank·​ment | \ im-ˈbaŋk-mənt How to pronounce embankment (audio) \

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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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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The Bluegrass Emergency Response Team out of Lexington delivered foam to fight the fire, WKYT reported, and Woodford Feed delivered sand to build embankments to prevent leakage into nearby creeks, Chandler said. Author: Mike Stunson, Ryan Hermens, Anchorage Daily News, "Jim Beam warehouse holding 40,000 barrels of bourbon destroyed in fire," 3 July 2019 The driver couldn’t make the left turn in time, which sent the car off the roadway where an embankment drops off steeply and leads to a golf course. Eduardo Medina, SFChronicle.com, "Crash involving three girls in Santa Rosa leaves one dead, one arrested," 1 July 2019 The pursuit ended when an officer saw one man jump off an ATV and then clamber down an embankment into the Mill Creek. Cameron Knight, Cincinnati.com, "Police believe ATV rider who jumped into Mill Creek to escape is alive," 27 June 2019 Chad Smeltzer said the remains of a man were found down an embankment near Upper Big Tujunga Canyon Road and Colby Ranch Road. Andy Nguyen, latimes.com, "2 bodies found in Angeles National Forest on Sunday in unrelated deaths," 24 June 2019 Police said Quave was northbound on Lee Road late Friday when his car entered a right curve, crossed the southbound lane, hit a ditch embankment and overturned. Drew Broach, nola.com, "Unrestrained driver fatally injured in crash north of Covington," 22 June 2019 That time Boise-Cossart was driving home from a school board meeting, when a calf tripped and fell off an embankment — right onto the hood of her truck. San Diego Union-Tribune, "A look behind the Hollister Ranch gates. Will the public ever access these exclusive beaches?," 12 Apr. 2019 Frasher said the plane rolled down an embankment and crashed into a fence at the edge of a road. Samuel Chamberlain, Fox News, "Two dead after jet runs off South Carolina runway," 27 Sep. 2018 The Durango had rolled several times before striking an embankment, DPS officials said. Mike Cruz, azcentral, "2 women in critical condition after I-10 roll over crash," 21 June 2019

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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 How to pronounce embankment (audio) \

Kids Definition of embankment

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

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