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embank

Syllabification: em·bank
Pronunciation: /əmˈbaNGk
 
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Definition of embank in English:

verb

[with object]
1Construct a wall or bank of earth or stone in order to confine (a river) within certain limits.
Example sentences
  • Trench's solution to the now-threatening nature of the Thames was to embank the river, allowing the water to cover the mudbanks and to scour away the semi-liquid ‘sluggish Filth’ from the sewers.
  • The river is straight and embanked, and most areas are shallow enough for Little Egrets to forage.
  • This is another small river, embanked for all of its length, with a depth of up to 5 feet.
1.1Construct a bank of earth or stone to carry (a road or railroad) over an area of low ground.
Example sentences
  • Beyond these stones was an embanked avenue leading across the landscape to the northeast.

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