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[em-bangk] /ɛmˈbæŋk/
verb (used with object)
to enclose or protect with an embankment.
Origin of embank
1640-50; em-1 + bank1
Related forms
unembanked, adjective Unabridged
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  • Excavate and embank road, road intersections and road entrances to a smooth and uniform surface.
  • The water gradually ate into the embank ment until there was nothing left but a frail bulwark: of wood.
  • Poplar street was never opened and never could be opened owing- to this embank ment.
  • The place where the accident oc curred is the base of a steep incline alongside of which runs a high embank ment.
British Dictionary definitions for embank


(transitive) to protect, enclose, or confine (a waterway, road, etc) with an embankment
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