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 woman told investigators she was grabbed from behind and dragged kicking and screaming down an embankment while her attacker demanded sex.
So is a giant waterwheel by artist Lauren Bon, which will be installed on a park-adjacent embankment of the L.A. River.
THEN: For as long as any 19th-century New Orleanian could remember, West End Park was little more than an embankment 800 feet offshore in Lake Pontchartrain at the end of the New Basin Canal.
Now long approaches will roll down a steep embankment.
The plain white concrete block building is barely visible from West Boulevard, tucked down an embankment near a railroad bridge.
The vehicle then went up a dirt embankment, overturned and tumbled back into the left lane of Kirker Pass Road.
The biggest work in the Hirshhorn show, the 1968 Westwall (Siegfried Line), takes on the supposedly impenetrable series of bunkers along Germany’s western border, and considers it more like an earthwork than a wartime embankment.
The little island's natural shoreline has been replaced with stone embankments.
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First Known Use of embankment
EMBANKMENT Defined for English Language Learners
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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