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 flames spread up an embankment toward a fence near a home. San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 Aug. 2021 The younger man arrives on his bicycle, his most prized possession, around 9:30 p.m. to set up camp for the night, his cluster of belongings just a few feet up the slope of the embankment. Victoria Kim, Los Angeles Times, 1 Aug. 2021 On Friday, based on information from Maldonado, detectives located Rojas's body in an embankment on the side of the U.S. Route 101 Freeway, North of the Gaviota Tunnel in Santa Barbara County. Kc Baker, PEOPLE.com, 22 July 2021 The bus began to rotate and went into the eastbound ditch, coming to rest against the embankment and blocking both lanes of the highway, police said. oregonlive, 19 Nov. 2021 The truck went down the embankment between exits 14 and 15, according to the state Department of Transportation. Christine Dempsey, courant.com, 28 Oct. 2021 The first crew to arrive found the bus straddling both lanes of the road, with its front end into an embankment and visible damage to its rear axle. oregonlive, 19 Nov. 2021 It’s been 47 years since the body of 18-year-old Kim Benoit was discovered on an embankment along the Deerfield River in Western Massachusetts, and Berkshire District Attorney Andrea Harrington is offering a $10,000 reward to help solve her murder. Andrew Brinker, BostonGlobe.com, 16 Nov. 2021 The video shows the bus swerving into the oncoming traffic lane and through the guardrail before disappearing down the embankment. Fox News, 9 Nov. 2021

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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 23 Jan. 2022.

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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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