Definitions

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

  • n. A bay or baylike shape.
  • n. The formation of a bay.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A bay.
  • n. the process by which a bay is formed

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A bay.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A part of the sea closed in and sheltered by capes or promontories.

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

  • n. an indentation of a shoreline larger than a cove but smaller than a gulf

Etymologies

em- + bay + -ment (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • So, the location of the end of the embayment is a wild guess.

    Archive 2006-02-01

  • But Mannering was chiefly delighted with the view from the windows, which commanded that incomparable prospect of the ground between Edinburgh and the sea; the Frith of Forth, with its islands; the embayment which is terminated by the Law of North Berwick; and the varied shores of Fife to the northward, indenting with a hilly outline the clear blue horizon.

    Chapter XXXVII

  • But Mannering was chiefly delighted with the view from the windows, which commanded that incomparable prospect of the ground between Edinburgh and the sea — the Firth of Forth, with its islands, the embayment which is terminated by the Law of North Berwick, and the varied shores of

    Guy Mannering

  • But Mannering was chiefly delighted with the view from the windows, which commanded that incomparable prospect of the ground between Edinburgh and the sea -- the Firth of Forth, with its islands, the embayment which is terminated by the Law of North

    Guy Mannering, Or, the Astrologer — Volume 02

  • But Mannering was chiefly delighted with the view from the windows, which commanded that incomparable prospect of the ground between Edinburgh and the sea -- the Firth of Forth, with its islands, the embayment which is terminated by the Law of North Berwick, and the varied shores of Fife to the northward, indenting with a hilly outline the clear blue horizon.

    Guy Mannering — Complete

  • The Apalachicola embayment is the major structural feature that dominates the geology of the reserve and river system.

    Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve, Florida

  • Glacier acceleration and thinning after ice shelf collapse in the Larsen B embayment, Antarctica.

    Global Environment Outlook (GEO-4)~ Chapter 6

  • Average depth of the embayment is 2.7 meters (m) with channels extending to 17.7 m.

    Great Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, New Hampshire

  • Shark Bay itself is a large shallow embayment, approximately 13,000 square kilometers (km2) in area, with an average depth of 9 m (maximum of 29 m).

    Shark Bay, Australia

  • The presence of many baby skeletons suggests that the place was a shallow and nutrient-rich embayment frequented for calving.

    Wadi Al-Hitan (Whale Valley), Egypt

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