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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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  • 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.
  • So much for an adversary taking cover behind a compound wall or an embankment.
  • The victims were strewn all across the embankment when emergency crews arrived.
  • The cave entrance is nearly invisible, a crack almost buried by the steeply piled rubble of the railway embankment.
  • We skidded down the steep embankment from the road to walk across the girders underneath the bridge.
  • If you zoom in, you can make out the embankment of the road and the break where the culverts run underneath it.
  • Outside the henge and under the embankment, the project excavated a cluster of seven small houses.
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
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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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