Definition of embank in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɪmˈbaŋk/
Pronunciation: /ɛmˈbaŋk/


[with object]
1Construct a wall or bank of earth or stone in order to contain the course or flow of (a river): the government planned to dredge and embank stretches of the delta’s main river
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  • 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 railway) over low ground: (as adjective embanked) the embanked railway line
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  • Beyond these stones was an embanked avenue leading across the landscape to the northeast.

Words that rhyme with embank

ankh, bank, blank, clank, crank, dank, drank, flank, franc, frank, hank, lank, outflank, outrank, Planck, plank, point-blank, prank, rank, sank, shank, shrank, spank, stank, swank, tank, thank, yank

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