embankment

[em-bangk-muhnt]
noun
1.
a bank, mound, dike, or the like, raised to hold back water, carry a roadway, etc.
2.
the action of embanking.

Origin:
1780–90; embank + -ment

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embankment (ɪmˈbæŋkmənt)
 
n
See also levee a man-made ridge of earth or stone that carries a road or railway or confines a waterway

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embankment
1786, from embank "to enclose with a bank" (1576).
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Example sentences
The bus struck a barrier, then swerved, drove up an embankment and flipped on
  its side.
My car slide down the embankment backwards smashing into a tree.
We join them at a manhole beneath an ivy-covered embankment.
The path and ribbons of pink and bronze draw the eye up the steep backyard
  embankment.
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