Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The act of embanking.
  • noun A mound of earth or stone built to hold back water or to support a roadway.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act of surrounding or defending with a bank.
  • noun A mound, bank, dike, or earthwork raised for any purpose, as to protect land from the inroads of the sea or from the overflow of a river, to carry a canal, road, or railway over a valley, etc.; a levee: as, the Thames embankment in London, England.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The act of surrounding or defending with a bank.
  • noun A structure of earth, gravel, etc., raised to prevent water from overflowing a level tract of country, to retain water in a reservoir, or to carry a roadway, etc.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun a long artificial mound of earth and stone, built to hold back water, for protection or to support a road

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

  • noun a long artificial mound of stone or earth; built to hold back water or to support a road or as protection

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Examples

  • + '' the embankment is straight, deep as well as wide ''

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  • While we wait, Gus reverses the van, rocking it back and forth on the edge of an embankment, which is littered with rotting banana peels and tin cans.

    The Snatchback

  • While we wait, Gus reverses the van, rocking it back and forth on the edge of an embankment, which is littered with rotting banana peels and tin cans.

    The Snatchback

  • A meandering walking trail and a bike path are possibilities along the 100-foot wide embankment, which is wider than the High Line, said S tephen Gucciardo , president of the Embankment Preservation Coalition, a volunteer group formed to save the historic relic.

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  • Because you had said that you saw it land intact, but then it hit an embankment, which is pretty much what we're seeing here in this video.

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  • I thought for many years that the 2-inch Creusot shell which had burst so near us on the embankment was the last projectile I should ever see fired in anger.

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  • I thought for many years that the 2-inch Creusot shell which had burst so near us on the embankment was the last projectile I should ever see fired in anger.

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  • I thought for many years that the 2-inch Creusot shell which had burst so near us on the embankment was the last projectile I should ever see fired in anger.

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  • One side of the embankment was a walled garage and, up the slope, a half-hidden ornate Chinese mansion with a green tiled roof and dragons on its gables.

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