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 man, who has not been identified, had been missing for several hours when he was found about 7:45 p.m. Monday on the embankment of a pond near the 9700 block of Barker Cypress Road, said Thomas Gilliland with the Harris County Sheriff's Office. Michelle Iracheta, Houston Chronicle, "Body found near pond in Cypress area is that of missing landscaper," 15 Oct. 2019 Nearby, ripped bags with the infill of the turf, tiny pellets of shredded tires, littered the embankment. BostonGlobe.com, "FRANKLIN — For two years, an abandoned pile of artificial turf had decomposed on a bluff here, a few feet above wetlands that are part of the suburb’s drinking water supply. Nearby, ripped bags with the infill of the turf, tiny pellets of shredded tires, littered the embankment.," 10 Oct. 2019 The county Sheriff’s Office and various fire districts rescued the man from the embankment below the falls, which is off of Cedar Ponds Road, near the cities of Monroe and Sultan. Dahlia Bazzaz, The Seattle Times, "Man in critical condition after plummeting over Youngs Creek Falls in Snohomish County," 29 Sep. 2019 But the embankments have come under increasing scrutiny. Bhadra Sharma, New York Times, "As Deadly Floods Engulf Nepal Border, Anger Turns to India," 29 Sep. 2019 The good Samaritans pulled the boy and the girl out of the vehicle and passed them over the burning car to get them up the embankment and on the shoulder of the road, Barclay said. Adrian Rodriguez, The Mercury News, "4-year-old boy dies in Highway 101 rollover crash in Marin," 24 Sep. 2019 The car then traveled up the embankment on the shoulder and struck the overpass support beam of the exit ramp. Jon O'neill, sun-sentinel.com, "Two killed in crash on Turnpike in Palm Beach County," 14 Sep. 2019 Drag marks indicated Connolly was pulled to the edge of a roadside pullout near Mile 109 of the Seward Highway and thrown down the embankment. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, "Oregon man arrested for teen’s murder in 41-year-old Anchorage cold case," 4 Sep. 2019 The property in dispute, 11 Lagunita Drive, features an 11-foot-tall, 80-foot-long concrete seawall, an exception among the sandy embankments rooted by vegetation above Victoria Beach. Julia Sclafani, Daily Pilot, "Agreement clears Laguna couple to appeal ruling against seawall, though other efforts are dropped," 23 Aug. 2019

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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.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/embankment. Accessed 9 December 2019.

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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) \

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

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