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 refuge is just above the Sauty Creek embayment on TVA’s Guntersville Reservoir, 7 miles west of Scottsboro in Jackson County. al, 22 June 2022 Those are: Baker’s Creek embayment at Wheeler Reservoir in Morgan County – Do not eat any species due to presence of PFOs. Leada Gore | Lgore@al.com, al, 7 June 2022 The explorers paddled down the western side of the Door Peninsula into an embayment and river system teeming with wild rice, wild celery, waterfowl, beavers and fish — lots and lots of fish. jsonline.com, 2 Sep. 2021 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 See More

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First Known Use of embayment

1815, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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6 Jul 2022

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“Embayment.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/embayment. Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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