em·​bay·​ment | \ im-ˈbā-mənt How to pronounce embayment (audio) \

Definition of embayment

1 : formation of a bay
2 : a bay or a conformation resembling a bay

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Examples of embayment in a Sentence

a fingerlike embayment of the Bay of Fundy
Recent Examples on the Web The Tonto wends into a huge, red-walled embayment, called the Inferno, and our view — while stirring — holds distressingly steady. Washington Post, 31 Mar. 2021 The town's prime spot on the Mississippi Sound, an embayment of the Gulf of Mexico, provides a glorious stretch of white-sanded beach with virtually no crowds. Zoe Denenberg, Southern Living, 8 Mar. 2021 In many places, ice shelves attach to the land along the sides of an embayment, providing some anchoring that slows their forward motion. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, 26 Aug. 2020 As recently as 2014, geological consensus held that the Mississippi began flowing through the embayment around 20 million years ago. Dean Kilnkenberg, Smithsonian Magazine, 19 Aug. 2020 Green Bay, a massive embayment on the lake’s west shore, is shallow and fertile, and offers some of the best smallmouth bass and muskie fishing in the country. Steve Quinn, Outdoor Life, 18 June 2020 Georgian Bay represents yet another key embayment of Lake Huron, extending northeast into Ontario. Steve Quinn, Outdoor Life, 18 June 2020 Heavier rainfall is expected to flush more agricultural runoff into the Great Lakes, which triggers these massive blooms in shallower embayments like Green Bay. Tony Briscoe, chicagotribune.com, 12 Aug. 2019 On the sandy embayments rimming the southwestern English coastline, beachcombers can find a wide array of stones, from tiny pebbles to hefty paperweights, strewn amidst the flotsam. Rob Arnold, National Geographic, 16 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of embayment

1815, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Embayment.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/embayment. Accessed 16 Jun. 2021.

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