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[em-bangk-muh nt] /ɛmˈbæŋk mənt/
a bank, mound, dike, or the like, raised to hold back water, carry a roadway, etc.
the action of embanking.
Origin of embankment
1780-90; embank + -ment Unabridged
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  • As he wheeled round: Virgil and Dante have come to a halt upon the embankment.

  • Do you remember that night on the embankment when we were both so scared of getting married?

    The Foolish Lovers St. John G. Ervine
  • The high trams swam along the embankment, palaces of light, and they swam yet more admirably in the water.

    The House by the River A. P. Herbert
  • I think—I think I'll take a walk on the embankment—by myself.

    The Market-Place Harold Frederic
  • We noticed the devastated stations, villages, and large shell holes in the embankment of the line.

  • The embankment being completed, the animals construct their lodges.

    The Industries of Animals Frdric Houssay
  • Situated on the embankment, the Grand Babylon, despite its noble proportions, was somewhat dwarfed by several colossal neighbours.

    The Grand Babylon Hotel Arnold Bennett
British Dictionary definitions for embankment


a man-made ridge of earth or stone that carries a road or railway or confines a waterway See also levee1
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for embankment

1786, from embank "to enclose with a bank" (1570s; see bank (n.2)) + -ment.

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