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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Synonyms for embankment


dam, dike, head, levee

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Examples of embankment in a Sentence

the embankment is steep, so be careful walking along the ridge

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Farmers can create embankments that reduce erosion and retain runoff. Jen Christensen, CNN, "The Gulf could see one of the largest dead zones in history this year," 10 June 2019 Live feeds from a local television news helicopter showed a mini-van on the freeway embankment with front-end damage and numerous police vehicles in the area. Raquel Baier, azcentral, "Eastbound Loop 202 shut down in Mesa, causing major traffic backup," 5 June 2019 People have camped along the embankment on city property for years in the area, but the numbers have increased in the past few months and the area has been designated a nuisance under city code, Read said. Saja Hindi, The Denver Post, "City crews, police remove homeless camp along South Platte River in Englewood," 4 June 2019 The vehicle went across the roadway, hitting the guard rail and entering the median, before tumbling down an embankment and coming to rest in a creek. Paige Cornwell, The Seattle Times, "2 killed, 3 critically injured in I-90 motor-home crash near Ellensburg," 4 Sep. 2018 Police said a black Honda sedan with a driver and a passenger drove down an embankment near the 14700 block of Southeast Foster Road around 1:15 a.m. Monday. Mike Rogoway, OregonLive.com, "Police identify teen killed Monday in Foster Road wreck," 10 Apr. 2018 Crews at the north and south ends of the tunnel also began working to remove embankments, where entrance and exit ramps soon will be installed. David Gutman, The Seattle Times, "Seattle officials plead for help, patience as viaduct traffic problems loom," 13 Jan. 2019 Over the next 2,500 to 4,000 years, the settlements themselves fell into ruin, and eventually farmers plowed the embankments flat and filled in the ditches with topsoil. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Climate change brings Britain and Ireland’s hidden past to the surface," 1 Aug. 2018 San Diego motorcycle officer was hurt Friday morning after he was struck by a vehicle and sent down an embankment of a South County freeway interchange. Teri Figueroa, sandiegouniontribune.com, "San Diego motorcycle officer hit, goes down embankment," 4 May 2018

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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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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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