berm

[burm]

noun

verb (used with object)

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

Origin of berm

1720–30; < French berme < Dutch berm; akin to brim1
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Contemporary Examples of berm

  • 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.

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British Dictionary definitions for berm

berm

berme

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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Word Origin and History for berm
n.

"narrow ledge," 1729, from French berme (17c.), from Old Dutch baerm "edge of a dike," probably related to brim (q.v.). In U.S., 19c., also the name for the bank of a canal opposite the tow path.

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berm in Science

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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