Also berme. Fortification. a horizontal surface between the exterior slope of a rampart and the moat.
Also called bench. any level strip of ground at the summit or sides, or along the base, of a slope.
Also called backshore, beach berm. a nearly flat back portion of a beach, formed of material deposited by the action of the waves.
Chiefly Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. the bank of a canal or the shoulder of a road.
Chiefly Alaska. a mound of snow or dirt, as formed when clearing land.
a bank of earth placed against an exterior wall or walls of a house or other building as protection against extremes of temperature.
to cover or protect with a berm: The side walls were bermed to a height of three feet.
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How to use berm in a sentence
The sewage breached a large dirt berm built by IBWC across the river’s causeway on Monday.Onslaught of Tijuana Sewage Heads for San Diego Coastline | MacKenzie Elmer | August 2, 2022 | Voice of San Diego
These would involve shipping in or dredging up large amounts of material to build up berms or artificial islands around or beneath key glaciers.The radical intervention that might save the “doomsday” glacier | James Temple | January 14, 2022 | MIT Technology Review
To cope with scarcity, farmers maintained little ponds and berms to help rainfall infiltrate the ground, storing it for a dry day.
I brought that firmer spring with me just in case, but I never felt like I was getting pulled below the ideal position in the berms or the lips.
Bell and Schwarber are imperiling fans in concession lines and sunbathers on remote berms with blasts far beyond the outfield fences.This Nationals spring has been filled with happy returns. Now let’s see if they last. | Thomas M. Boswell | March 25, 2021 | Washington Post
As I reach the berm of sand, tile and stucco that marked a kind of front line, bodies are being piled on carts in the street.
The next day U.S. and British forces drove through a breach in the high berm dividing Kuwait from Iraq.America’s Lost Decade in Iraq: A Marine Officer Looks Back | Benjamin Busch | March 19, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Risberm, ris-berm′, n. a glacis in jetties to withstand the violence of the sea.
The section through the face of the bastion shows a demi-revetment with wide berm, and a hedge as an additional obstacle.
A pioneer swam across, hauled over a cable, and made it fast to the hedge on the berm.
The erection of the caisson was started, about the middle of January, on the rock berm surrounding the 20 by 50-ft.Transactions of the American Society of Civil Engineers, vol. LXVIII, Sept. 1910 | James H. Brace, Francis Mason and S. H. Woodard
Within a few minutes there was a very respectable earthen berm across the front of the recess.The Golden Skull | John Blaine
British Dictionary definitions for berm
a narrow path or ledge at the edge of a slope, road, or canal
NZ the grass verge of a suburban street, usually kept mown
fortifications a narrow path or ledge between a moat and a rampart
military a man-made ridge of sand, designed as an obstacle to tanks, which, in crossing it, have to expose their vulnerable underparts
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Scientific definitions for berm
A nearly horizontal or landward-sloping portion of a beach formed by the deposition of sediment by storm waves. A beach may have no berm at all, or it may have more than one berm.
A narrow man-made ledge or shelf, as along the top or bottom of a slope.
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