em·​bank·​ment | \ im-ˈbaŋk-mənt How to pronounce embankment (audio) \

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

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Examples of embankment in a Sentence

the embankment is steep, so be careful walking along the ridge
Recent Examples on the Web The other vehicles that had looked good at the start met their own fates within a few miles: blocked by a rock, stuck on an embankment, stalled going up a hill. Alex Davies, Wired, "The Autonomous-Car Chaos of the 2004 Darpa Grand Challenge," 6 Jan. 2021 Four were injured and one person was killed on Saturday afternoon, after their vehicle went down an embankment, striking a large rock, troopers said. Brianna Kwasnik, Arkansas Online, "Troopers: 3 killed in Arkansas crashes over holiday weekend," 28 Dec. 2020 Haskett’s body was found Nov. 2 down an embankment next to Mershon Road, between Troutdale and Corbett. oregonlive, "Two suspects linked to death of woman found on rural Multnomah County road," 9 Dec. 2020 The Isuzu veered out of control, struck a light pole, rolled over, hit a chain-link fence, and came to rest on the highway embankment about two miles south of the Atlantic Boulevard exit, the crash report stated. Wayne K. Roustan, sun-sentinel.com, "Woman, 21, arrested for DUI manslaughter one year after I-95 crash in Pompano Beach," 25 Nov. 2020 The motorcycle went off the road and tumbled down an embankment, police said. Dallas News, "1 killed, 1 injured in motorcycle crash on I-45 in southeast Oak Cliff, police say," 22 Nov. 2020 That's in the same range as the cost to reinforce the embankment by just adding rock and sand, Castellane said. Greg Stanley, Star Tribune, "To protect Mississippi River dam, Army Corps may build an island near Hastings," 16 Nov. 2020 According to the California Highway Patrol incident log, witnesses reported seeing the vehicle roll down the embankment and apparently catch fire. Morgan Cook, San Diego Union-Tribune, "One killed in single-vehicle crash near Imperial County border," 28 Nov. 2020 Tiede's truck went down an embankment and struck the front entrance of the River Hills Hotel on Raintree Road. Tim Harlow, Star Tribune, "Semitrailer truck driver crashes into Mankato hotel, dies," 17 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of embankment

1786, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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 20 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of embankment

: a raised bank or wall that is built to carry a roadway or hold back water


em·​bank·​ment | \ in-ˈbaŋk-mənt How to pronounce embankment (audio) \

Kids Definition of embankment

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

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