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 vehicle rolled down the driveway and crossed a road before rolling down an embankment and into another homeowner's fence.
About half a mile from the Tamarack Bay Condos, Petersen failed to negotiate a curve, drove over the embankment, and rolled several times.
The grassy triangle is surrounded by stone embankments and provides lovely views of the sun setting over Paris' bridges and the Louvre.
At the intersection of Mount Pisgah Road and Burch Road, the truck apparently ran off the road and tipped over, sliding several yards before striking an embankment, the Sheriff's Office said.
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.
As Troopers Warren Thompson and Kamil Kozoil responded, police say Thompson's patrol car hit the rear of Kozoil's car and Kozoil's car traveled across the median and down an embankment.
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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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