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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An earthen embankment, especially one used as a fortification. See Synonyms at bulwark.
  • n. Engineering Excavation and embankment of earth.
  • n. A work of art made by altering an area of land or a natural geographic feature, especially on a large scale.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any structure made from earth; especially an embankment or rampart used as a fortification

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Any construction, whether a temporary breastwork or permanent fortification, for attack or defense, the material of which is chiefly earth.
  • n.
  • n. The operation connected with excavations and embankments of earth in preparing foundations of buildings, in constructing canals, railroads, etc.
  • n. An embankment or construction made of earth.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In engineering, any operation in which earth is removed or thrown up, as in cuttings, embankments, etc.
  • n. In fortification, any offensive or defensive construction formed chiefly of earth: commonly in the plural.
  • n. Any similar construction, as the ancient mounds of earth found in various parts of the United States, of unknown use and origin. They differ widely in form, but are always well defined in plan, and sometimes inclose large areas.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an earthen rampart

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