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 collision flipped Lewis’ vehicle and sent it down an embankment, next to a creek. Elliot Hughes, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Charges filed in hit-and-run that killed 58-year-old woman on Milwaukee's north side," 23 May 2020 The bus tumbled a few feet down an embankment, landing upside down in brush about 45 miles north of San Diego. John Bacon, USA TODAY, "NTSB probing crash of charter bus that 'just flipped over,' killing 3 on California freeway," 23 Feb. 2020 Justin and Wagoner were trotting down the embankment, whooping. Natalie Krebs, Field & Stream, "The Story Behind the Biggest Whitetail Deer Ever," 12 Dec. 2019 Hoover police and firefighters arrived on the scene to find that a 2018 grey Dodge Challenger crashed into a concrete utility pole, came to rest down an embankment and caught fire. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, "36-year-old Hoover man ID’d as victim killed in fiery crash," 4 May 2020 Indiana State Police Trooper Chris Hanson drove down the embankment to meet them. Holly V. Hays, Indianapolis Star, "She gave birth on Sunday. She helped save a man from an exploding tanker on Thursday.," 21 Feb. 2020 At Shoop Park, there was extensive damage and erosion to the parking lot and the supporting embankment for the service road has been washed away. Ricardo Torres, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Evers asks Trump for federal aid for lakeshore damage; state eligible for $10 million," 12 Feb. 2020 Two of those killed, Lee and Jacqueline Cook of 7575 Cornell Road, Montgomery, were literally thrown from their home across from Sycamore High School into an embankment across the street. The Enquirer, Cincinnati.com, "From the archives: 1999 tornado left 4 dead, homes destroyed," 9 Apr. 2020 To protect against flooding during the summer monsoon, residents of Dhye Khola have started building embankments near the stream. Bhadra Sharma, New York Times, "As Himalayas Warm, Nepal’s Climate Migrants Struggle to Survive," 5 Apr. 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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29 May 2020

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“Embankment.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/embankment. Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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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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