American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To confine, support, or protect with an embankment.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To inclose with a bank; furnish with an embankment; defend or strengthen by banks, mounds, or dikes; bank up.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To throw up a bank so as to confine or to defend; to protect by a bank of earth or stone.
- v. enclose with banks, as for support or protection
“But since the embank court has already said 10-2 that they're not going to give relief -- and there's nothing really new here -- I mean, it's conceivable that they could get the two judges that dissented and get a 2-1 decision.”
“But that would immediately be reversed by the entire court embank.”
“They can't really in good faith go to the circuit court, because there was a 10-2 embank decision against them.”
“They excavated a space, to the depth of three or four feet, and used the earth they threw out to embank the walls raised upon the edge of the excavation.”
“It is proposed to embank the famous old Tiber; and already the squalid quarter of the Ghetto has been invaded by the workmen, who are levelling the wretched dwellings that have for so many ages rendered its name a byword throughout the world, preparatory to the erection of new buildings.”
“Modern engineering skill enables them to tunnel the crest, to cut galleries in the perpendicular walls of gorges, and to embank mountain torrents against the spring inundation of the roadbed, where it drops to the valley floor.”
“It seemed so very odd that anybody should embank a roadway.”
“I trust that if urban improvers ever want to embank the "Mall" or the eyot, public opinion will see its way to keeping this unique bit of the London river as it is.”
“If the marsh is divided by an actual river, it may be best to embank it in two separate tracts; losing the margins, that have been recommended, outside of the dykes, and building the necessary additional length of these, rather than to contend with a large body of water.”
“And should every proprietor exercise his equal right to embank all his own lands, and thus the general operation shall strive to confine the river within the limits of its shores, the attempt must fail, and the floods, rising higher in proportion to their lateral confinement, will overtop any dykes which can be made by separate individuals, each working on his own separate plan.”
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