Definition of embankment in English:

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Pronunciation: /əmˈbaNGkmənt/


1A wall or bank of earth or stone built to prevent a river flooding an area.
Example sentences
  • There are 140,000 addresses in Hull relying on walls and embankments to prevent flooding every day of the year.
  • Flood walls and embankments protect large areas of lower Bootham, Clifton Green and Leeman Road, as well as North Street on the opposite bank of the river from the Guildhall.
  • It said the flood walls and embankments being proposed would vary in height between one and 1.8 metres and protect most of the village, including the A166, against a one in 100-year flooding event.
1.1A bank of earth or stone built to carry a road or railroad over an area of low ground.
Example sentences
  • Once the vehicle's momentum had carried it towards the embankment alongside the railway tracks there would have been no way it could have been halted in time.
  • This species tends to colonise waste ground and railway embankments.
  • The footpath is to allow disabled access from the bottom of Crofters Lea down the old railway embankment to Milner's Road.
bank, mound, ridge, earthwork, causeway, barrier, levee, dam, dike

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Syllabification: em·bank·ment

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