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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Synonyms for embayment


arm, bay, bight, cove, creek [chiefly British], estuary, firth, fjord (also fiord), gulf, inlet, loch [Scottish]

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Examples of embayment in a Sentence

a fingerlike embayment of the Bay of Fundy

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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, "New plastic pollution formed by fire looks like rocks," 16 Aug. 2019 Meanwhile, in the Chicago River system, a routine search for bighead and silver carp this month yielded two grass carp in Lake Calumet, an embayment a mere 6 miles away from Lake Michigan on the city’s Far South Side. Tony Briscoe, chicagotribune.com, "The Great Lakes could be on the ‘edge of an invasion’ by a little-discussed species of Asian carp," 21 June 2019 The idea of so many of this extremely rare animal being in this tiny embayment is not comforting. Karen Weintraub, New York Times, "No Sign of Newborn North Atlantic Whales This Breeding Season," 28 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of embayment

1815, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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