Definitions of embankment

  1. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  2. A ridge of earth, stones, etc., for protection or defense. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  3. The act of embanking: a bank or mound. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  4. A protecting or supporting bank. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  5. The act of embanking; a mound or bank raised for any purpose. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  6. An inclosure by a mound of earth or stone; a mound of earth, or a raised structure, partly of stone, to prevent the encroachments of water; a raised mound of earth spanning a valley for a railway. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

Usage examples for embankment

  1. No masonry of any description can be seen on the grass- covered embankment but on the artificial hillock, once crowned, it is surmised, by a Norman keep, there is one small piece of stonework. – Yorkshire Painted And Described by Gordon Home
  2. Leaning forward in order to peer through the front window was the dark- faced man whom he had detected on the Embankment – Fire-Tongue by Sax Rohmer