[em-bangk-muh nt]


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

Origin of embankment

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

hill, breakwater, mound, bank, causeway

Examples from the Web for embankment

Contemporary Examples of embankment

Historical Examples of embankment

  • Do you remember that night on the Embankment when we were both so scared of getting married?

    The Foolish Lovers

    St. John G. Ervine

  • There was a crowd on the embankment by the corner of the Ripetta bridge.

  • Katherine watched them as they crossed the street and turned on to the Embankment.

    Audrey Craven

    May Sinclair

  • I think—I think I'll take a walk on the Embankment—by myself.

    The Market-Place

    Harold Frederic

  • The others had barely got beyond the embankment, when they were swept away.

    War from the Inside

    Frederick L. (Frederick Lyman) Hitchcock

British Dictionary definitions for embankment



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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Word Origin and History for embankment

1786, from embank "to enclose with a bank" (1570s; see bank (n.2)) + -ment.

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