embankment

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noun em·bank·ment \-mənt\

Definition of embankment

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

  2. 2 :  the action of embanking

Examples of embankment in a sentence

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

1786

First Known Use of embankment

1786

Other Civil Engineering Terms


EMBANKMENT Defined for English Language Learners

embankment

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noun em·bank·ment \-mənt\

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

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noun em·bank·ment \in-ˈbaŋk-mənt\

Definition of embankment for Students

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



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