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Examples of esplanade in a Sentence
a tree-lined esplanade by the river
Recent Examples of esplanade from the Web
The project, now under construction, features a terraced esplanade park that rises like steps from the East River, which will be filled with absorbent material to protect against storm surges, high winds and more.
But even in Williamsburg, the esplanade is intermittent, broken up by many undeveloped privately owned sites with no public access to the river.
For decades, Houstonians have gathered on the esplanades to have their pictures taken under the thick canopy of decades-old live oaks.
Right around the time of the extension’s opening, a huge pedestrian esplanade opened at Fourth and Colorado; the city also added scramble crosswalks to separate cars from people.
The upgraded esplanade was made of concrete, included retaining walls and dunes, and was designed with future hurricanes in mind.
Right around the time of the extension’s opening, a huge pedestrian esplanade opened at Fourth and Colorado
The shrine, a sprawling 37-acre esplanade rising from Jerusalem's walled Old City, is the third holiest site of Islam and the most sacred one in Judaism.
Since the completion of the sewage control project in 2011, swimmers have been congregating on a floating esplanade for bikers and runners and sneaking onto city docks reserved for fire boats.
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Did You Know?
The history of "esplanade" is completely on the level. The Italians created "spianata," for a level stretch of ground, from their verb "spianare," which means "to make level." "Spianare" in turn comes from the Latin verb explanare, which also means "to make level" and which is the source of our verb "explain." Middle-French speakers borrowed "spianata" as "esplanade," and in the late 1500s we borrowed the French word. In the late 17th century, and even later, esplanades were associated with war. The word was used to refer to a clear space between a citadel and the nearest house of a town or to a slope around a fortification used for defense against attack. Today, however, esplanades are usually for enjoyment.
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