a bank, mound, dike, or the like, raised to hold back water, carry a roadway, etc.
the action of embanking.
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How to use embankment in a sentence
The deputies did not realize Carrillo was above them, perched just 40 feet away in a covered, well-concealed position up a steep embankment, aiming the same “ghost” weapon that prosecutors say he had used in Oakland.“I Felt Hate More Than Anything”: How an Active Duty Airman Tried to Start a Civil War | by Gisela Pérez de Acha, Kathryn Hurd and Ellie Lightfoot, Berkeley Journalism’s Investigative Reporting Program | April 13, 2021 | ProPublica
Horschel avoided slipping on the embankment this time, but he wasn’t able to save par as he did Saturday.With confidence and calm, Hideki Matsuyama ends Japan’s long wait for a Masters title | Chuck Culpepper, Scott Allen, Des Bieler | April 11, 2021 | Washington Post
We find a site among the half-dozen or so etched into a steep embankment above the creek, with ample space between us and the two other parties here, a solo guy and two women.A father-son backpacking trip in the Grand Canyon is an introduction to adventure | John Briley | April 9, 2021 | Washington Post
Scrambling over logs and ditches, I discovered the group crouched in a huddle along an embankment beside the creek.
However, Woods, who was driving northbound, crossed over the median and the opposing lanes before coming to rest in the embankment.How Rolling Hills Estates residents woke up to the Tiger Woods crash: ‘Oh no, another one.’ | Ben Golliver | February 26, 2021 | Washington Post
The perspective down the center of this painting is the raised embankment of an old railroad bed.Rackstraw Downes’s Art and Essays Are Two Sides of the Same Genius | Bill Morris | June 4, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The train bore me away … we passed row after row of little grey slum houses running at right angles to the embankment.Orwell’s Lies: His Diaries Reveal Problems with the Truth | Jimmy So | August 19, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
The plane settled about 400 yards from the runway in an embankment off a five-lane highway.
“He climbed back up the embankment and slipped in the mud, got mad and chewed me out for half an hour,” Kronk said bitterly.
“I rolled my Toyota Yaris three times this morning after hitting a six-foot-high dirt embankment at highway speed,” he writes.
The embankment or road-bed was commenced by gigantic piling, and is very broad and substantial.Glances at Europe | Horace Greeley
Huge, dim forms rushed alongside the embankment, making unearthly sounds.A Lost Hero | Elizabeth Stuart Phelps Ward and Herbert D. Ward
You must pull yourself together or you'll go stark mad, and then you'll probably go and throw yourself over the embankment.Uncanny Tales | Various
The car dashed over the embankment, demolishing many yards of stone wall and coming to rest in a valley hundreds of feet beneath.British Highways And Byways From A Motor Car | Thomas D. Murphy
Presently, I heard it at my own level—the ridge-top of the opposite embankment, a hundred feet or more away.A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, Complete | Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
British Dictionary definitions for embankment
a man-made ridge of earth or stone that carries a road or railway or confines a waterway: See also levee 1
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