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levee1

Syllabification: lev·ee
Pronunciation: /ˈlevē
 
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noun

1An embankment built to prevent the overflow of a river.
Example sentences
  • Construction of levees and embankments prevents the floodplain from performing this function and transfers the problem further downstream to areas which were not subject to flooding.
  • Engineers determined that the levees bordering the Mississippi River as it passes through the city were sufficient to withstand any surge produced by an SPH.
  • Yet the marketplace remained relatively calm, appreciating that the authorities were apparently still operating on the dykes, dams and levees up the river.
1.1A ridge of sediment deposited naturally alongside a river by overflowing water.
Example sentences
  • Marshland, containing cattails, bulrushes, and other reeds, would have been limited to the borders of the wooded ridges of levees, where the water level was consistently below the surface.
  • Transects were separated by 50 paces and most transects extended entirely over the attenuated crown of the natural levee of each forest avoiding any noticeable elevation gradient.
  • Yet as the levees channeled the water, they also kept fresh soil carried by the muddy Mississippi from replenishing the sediments that made up the lowlands.
1.2North American A landing place; a quay.
Example sentences
  • The men created a world of their own on the docks, levees, plantation landings, city quays, and steamboat decks of the Mississippi River economy.
1.3A ridge of earth surrounding a field to be irrigated.
Example sentences
  • Rice fields were surrounded and divided by a series of embankments or levees.

Origin

early 18th century (originally US): from French levée, feminine past participle of lever 'to lift'.

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levee2

Syllabification: lev·ee
Pronunciation: /
 
ˈlevē/

noun

1A reception or assembly of people, in particular.
Example sentences
  • An hour and 45 minutes into the mayor's levee, the queue is still over an hour long.
1.1 archaic or North American A formal reception of visitors or guests.
Example sentences
  • In other words, he was responsible for formal receptions - known as levees - and dinners.
1.2 historical An afternoon assembly for men held by the British monarch or their representative.
1.3 archaic A reception of visitors just after rising from bed.

Origin

late 17th century (denoting a reception of visitors after rising from bed): from French levé, variant of lever 'rising', from the verb lever.

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