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Definition of "embankment" []

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

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "embankment" in a sentence
  • "+ '' the embankment is straight, deep as well as wide ''"
  • "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."
  • "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."