berm

[ burm ]
/ bɜrm /

noun

verb (used with object)

to cover or protect with a berm: The side walls were bermed to a height of three feet.

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Origin of berm

1720–30; <French berme<Dutch berm; akin to brim1
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British Dictionary definitions for berm

berm

berme

/ (bɜːm) /

noun

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

Word Origin for berm

C18: from French berme, from Dutch berm, probably from Old Norse barmr brim
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Scientific definitions for berm

berm
[ bûrm ]

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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