em·​bay·​ment im-ˈbā-mənt How to pronounce embayment (audio)
: formation of a bay
: a bay or a conformation resembling a bay

Examples of embayment in a Sentence

a fingerlike embayment of the Bay of Fundy
Recent Examples on the Web 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, 24 July 2023 Researchers like Hughes have been raising concerns for nearly 50 years about the glaciers that flow into Pine Island Bay and the surrounding Amundsen Sea embayment. Marissa Grunes, Smithsonian Magazine, 10 Jan. 2023 Before its demise, the Larsen B Ice Shelf had applied back pressure against glaciers flowing out into the embayment. Tom Yulsman, Discover Magazine, 12 Feb. 2022 It's positioned on the Mississippi Sound, an embayment of the Gulf of Mexico, which provides an awe-worthy stretch of white-sand beach with virtually no crowds. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 20 June 2023 The researchers decided to use the unexpected stop to map the krill and DMS concentrations in a shallow embayment on the island's north side. Kate Wong, Scientific American, 13 Mar. 2023 Magnani and others examined how seismic waves travel through the Earth to make a portrait of the ground beneath their study areas (the Fort Worth Basin in Texas and the northern Mississippi embayment). Erik Klemetti, Discover Magazine, 30 Nov. 2017 Instead, its aircraft returned with the first aerial views of the embayment. Marissa Grunes, Smithsonian Magazine, 10 Jan. 2023 Without the embayment, these glaciers will push more ice into the sea and likely contribute to rising sea levels. Monica Cull, Discover Magazine, 19 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1815, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of embayment was in 1815

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“Embayment.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/embayment. Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

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