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embayment

[em-bey-muh nt] /ɛmˈbeɪ mənt/
noun
1.
a bay.
2.
Physical Geography. the process by which a bay is formed.
Origin of embayment
1805-1815
First recorded in 1805-15; embay + -ment
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  • He turned into an embayment over a pier of the bridge he was crossing, and sat down to think.

    Witness to the Deed George Manville Fenn
  • It was in fact, a sort of natural breakwater—forming one side of a large cone, or embayment, lying between it and the true beach.

    The Boy Slaves Mayne Reid
  • Into an embayment between two of the out-stretching spurs Barbato conducts them.

    The Lone Ranche Captain Mayne Reid
  • He pointed to a mass of rock lying right in the centre of the embayment, a heap which cut off our view on one side.

    Devon Boys George Manville Fenn
British Dictionary definitions for embayment

embayment

/ɪmˈbeɪmənt/
noun
1.
a shape resembling a bay
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