Definition of berm in English:

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Pronunciation: /bərm/


1A flat strip of land, raised bank, or terrace bordering a river or canal.
Example sentences
  • Pools that hold water (except during drought conditions) occur in the Park at two locations just behind the Potomac River berm.
  • At Turkey Point in the sandy berms out in the salt marsh, large stands of the non-native Teesdalia nudicaulis were noted in bloom.
  • The building hovers above a stabilised berm, turning with the river to reinforce landform and contour.
1.1A path or grass strip beside a road.
Example sentences
  • Mom backed the car out of the driveway, kicking up dust on the berm of Old Logan Road as she drove us home.
  • In some areas near the edge of the berm, new grass has sprouted up along with some small semisucculent plants.
  • The center pole began to twist, and Odie and Tanya braced against it with all their weight to shove it across the grass berm so that it would fall under its own weight.
1.2An artificial ridge or embankment, e.g., as a defense against tanks.
Example sentences
  • The trip north passed bombed antiaircraft guns, empty foxholes and berms dug for tanks that had been abandoned by armed forces.
  • The 120 mm antitank round, using a depleted uranium core, penetrated the earthen berms protecting enemy tanks and destroyed them.
  • There was no enormous defence system with massive berms and a highly-sophisticated system of underground trenches.
1.3A narrow space, especially one between a ditch and the base of a parapet.
Example sentences
  • Immediately in front was a narrow berm, beyond which was a V-profile ditch.
  • The edge of berm is protected by erecting parapet wall of dry stone masonry in Gabion structure.
  • The height of the parapet wall is usually kept as above the berm level.


Early 18th century (denoting a narrow space): from French berme, from Dutch berm.

Words that rhyme with berm

affirm, confirm, firm, germ, herm, midterm, perm, sperm, squirm, term, therm, worm

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