embankment

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noun em·bank·ment \im-ˈbaŋk-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 \im-ˈbaŋk-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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