[ em-bey-muh nt ]
/ ɛmˈbeɪ mənt /


a bay.
Physical Geography. the process by which a bay is formed.

Origin of embayment

First recorded in 1805–15; embay + -ment
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Examples from the Web for embayment

  • He pointed to a mass of rock lying right in the centre of the embayment, a heap which cut off our view on one side.

    Devon Boys|George Manville Fenn
  • He turned into an embayment over a pier of the bridge he was crossing, and sat down to think.

    Witness to the Deed|George Manville Fenn
  • Into an embayment between two of the out-stretching spurs Barbato conducts them.

    The Lone Ranche|Captain Mayne Reid
  • It was in fact, a sort of natural breakwater—forming one side of a large cone, or embayment, lying between it and the true beach.

    The Boy Slaves|Mayne Reid

British Dictionary definitions for embayment


/ (ɪmˈbeɪmənt) /


a shape resembling a bay
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