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embankment

[em-bangk-muh nt] /ɛmˈbæŋk mənt/
noun
1.
a bank, mound, dike, or the like, raised to hold back water, carry a roadway, etc.
2.
the action of embanking.
Origin of embankment
1780-1790
First recorded in 1780-90; embank + -ment
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  • Do you remember that night on the embankment when we were both so scared of getting married?

    The Foolish Lovers St. John G. Ervine
  • There was a crowd on the embankment by the corner of the Ripetta bridge.

    The Eternal City Hall Caine
  • Katherine watched them as they crossed the street and turned on to the embankment.

    Audrey Craven May Sinclair
  • I think—I think I'll take a walk on the embankment—by myself.

    The Market-Place Harold Frederic
  • The others had barely got beyond the embankment, when they were swept away.

    War from the Inside

    Frederick L. (Frederick Lyman) Hitchcock
  • The embankment being completed, the animals construct their lodges.

    The Industries of Animals Frdric Houssay
  • I'd been walking up and down the embankment for about three hours.

British Dictionary definitions for embankment

embankment

/ɪmˈbæŋkmənt/
noun
1.
a man-made ridge of earth or stone that carries a road or railway or confines a waterway See also levee1
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Word Origin and History for embankment
n.

1786, from embank "to enclose with a bank" (1570s; see bank (n.2)) + -ment.

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