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

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of surrounding or defending with a bank.
  • n. 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 The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of surrounding or defending with a bank.
  • n. 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 WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

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

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  • 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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  • 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.

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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.


  • 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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  • ” If, for instance, our embankment were the system K0, then our railway carriage would be a system K, relative to which less simple laws would hold than with respect to K0.

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  • Looking out from openings in the embankment were the grim mouths of many deadly cannon.

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  • The city was, however, a reality, the embankment was a reality, the temple of Phthah was a reality, and the founding of a kingdom in Egypt, which included both the Upper and the Lower country some considerable time before the date of Abraham, was a reality, which the sternest criticism need not -- nay, cannot -- doubt.

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  • You approach it upon the top of a broad embankment, which is as high as the depth of the den, so that the bottom of the den is level with the surface of the ground, which makes it always dry.

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