embankment

[ em-bangk-muh nt ]
/ ɛmˈbæŋk mənt /

noun

a bank, mound, dike, or the like, raised to hold back water, carry a roadway, etc.
the action of embanking.

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Origin of embankment

First recorded in 1780–90; embank + -ment
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embankment

/ (ɪmˈbæŋkmənt) /

noun

a man-made ridge of earth or stone that carries a road or railway or confines a waterwaySee also levee 1
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