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
the embankment is steep, so be careful walking along the ridge
Recent Examples of embankment from the Web
The little island's natural shoreline has been replaced with stone embankments.
OLYMPIA, Wash. -- A Washington state woman was found alive five days after her vehicle went over a 40-foot embankment, CBS Seattle affiliate KIRO-TV reports.
There was a report that the truck went over an embankment in the area of I-84 east and Route 9 at Exit 39A.
Department spokesman Alex Murphy said Monday that the girl may have been jumping from rock to rock and then slipped, plunging down a steep embankment.
The car went down an embankment and smashed through a palm tree before ending up in the pond, Jachles said.
A view of the Heritage Wall and Trail under the new Interstate 305 expressway in the area where a portion of an earthen embankment or plug has been removed in a proposal by the Archer Western-The de Moya Group team.
Gach’s body was thrown off an embankment, where it was found the next day.
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First Known Use of embankment
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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
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Definition of embankment for Students
: a raised bank or wall to carry a roadway or hold back water
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