- 1An embankment built to prevent the overflow of a river.More 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.More 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.More 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.
early 18th century (originally US): from French levée, feminine past participle of lever 'to lift'.
- 1 • archaic or North American A formal reception of visitors or guests: the great stop on the Washington social circuit was the diplomat’s leveeMore example sentences
- In other words, he was responsible for formal receptions - known as levees - and dinners.
late 17th century (denoting a reception of visitors after rising from bed): from French levé, variant of lever 'rising', from the verb lever.