em·​bank·​ment im-ˈbaŋk-mənt How to pronounce embankment (audio)
: a raised structure (as of earth or gravel) used especially to hold back water or to carry a roadway
: the action of embanking

Examples of embankment in a Sentence

the embankment is steep, so be careful walking along the ridge
Recent Examples on the Web The 16-year-old fell about 100 meters – roughly 328 feet – down an embankment. Caitlin O'Kane, CBS News, 11 June 2024 Dallas firefighters rescued a man who was trapped in high water at the bottom of an approximately 60-foot embankment on White Rock Creek early Wednesday morning. Amy McDaniel, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 5 June 2024 The person who took the video filmed the animal from a steep embankment and kept a distance. Helena Wegner, Sacramento Bee, 5 June 2024 On a recent morning, a 16-month-old boy toddled up a small embankment to touch wind chimes hanging from trees. Jackie Valley, The Christian Science Monitor, 21 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for embankment 

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Word History

First Known Use

1786, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of embankment was in 1786

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“Embankment.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/embankment. Accessed 25 Jun. 2024.

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em·​bank·​ment im-ˈbaŋk-mənt How to pronounce embankment (audio)
: a raised bank or wall to carry a roadway, prevent floods, or hold back water

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