pol·​der | \ ˈpōl-dər How to pronounce polder (audio) \

Definition of polder

: a tract of low land (as in the Netherlands) reclaimed from a body of water (such as the sea)

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Recent Examples on the Web Construction workers make polders to protect the shore of Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh. National Geographic, "Where is home?," 1 Nov. 2019 And in Grootschermer, the Netherlands, a thin strand of houses lines an elevated road amid a sea of polders – emerald green strips of farmland reclaimed precariously from the sea. Steven Litt, cleveland.com, "Edward Burtynsky photos at Cleveland Museum of Art document mankind’s troubled relationship with water," 23 June 2019 But the nation's engineers became masters of draining wetlands by creating what are called polders: Tracts of land surrounded by dikes that were then drained or pumped dry. Ken Jennings, CNT, "Why the Netherlands' Borders Are Always Changing," 28 Aug. 2017 That is, in part, because the 6,000 kilometers of embankments that surround the polders are helping to fuel sea level rise. Eduardo Garcia Gil, Slate Magazine, "Rising Seas Are Flooding Bangladeshi Farms With Salt Water," 7 Aug. 2017 Kinderdijk, which translates to children's dike, lies in the Alblasserwaard polder (land that's been reclaimed from the sea, marshes or river floodplains) at the confluence of the Lek and Noord rivers. John Marshall, chicagotribune.com, "Kinderdijk windmills a must-see on any trip to Holland," 30 June 2017

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1602, in the meaning defined above

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“Polder.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/polder. Accessed 2 Jun. 2020.

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