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levee1

[lev-ee]
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noun
  1. an embankment designed to prevent the flooding of a river.
  2. Geology. natural levee.
  3. Agriculture. one of the small continuous ridges surrounding fields that are to be irrigated.
  4. History/Historical. a landing place for ships; quay.
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verb (used with object), lev·eed, lev·ee·ing.
  1. to furnish with a levee: to levee a treacherous stream.
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Origin of levee1

1710–20, Americanism; < French levée < Medieval Latin levāta embankment, noun use of feminine past participle of Latin levāre to raise, orig. lighten, akin to levis light, not heavy
Can be confusedlevee levy
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Examples from the Web for leveed

Historical Examples

  • He ought to be dammed—or leveed, I should more properly say.

    The Innocents Abroad

    Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)

  • The left bank is leveed and roofs appear about every 100 yards.

    The houseboat book

    William F. Waugh

  • The rural population must be large along the leveed part of the river.

    The houseboat book

    William F. Waugh

  • The floods of lawlessness can not be leveed and made to run in one channel.

  • The river is leveed 15 miles down, and the system is being extended southward.

    The houseboat book

    William F. Waugh


British Dictionary definitions for leveed

levee1

noun US
  1. an embankment alongside a river, produced naturally by sedimentation or constructed by man to prevent flooding
  2. an embankment that surrounds a field that is to be irrigated
  3. a landing place on a river; quay
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Word Origin

C18: from French, from Medieval Latin levāta, from Latin levāre to raise

levee2

noun
  1. a formal reception held by a sovereign just after rising from bed
  2. (in Britain) a public court reception for men, held in the early afternoon
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Word Origin

C17: from French, variant of lever a rising, from Latin levāre to raise
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Word Origin and History for leveed

levee

n.2

"morning assembly held by a prince or king (upon rising from bed)," 1670s, from French lever "a raising," noun use of verb meaning "to raise" (see levee (n.1)).

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levee

n.1

1719, "natural or artificial embankment to prevent overflow of a river," from New Orleans French levée "raising, lifting; embankment," from French, originally fem. past participle of lever "to raise," from Latin levare "to raise" (see lever).

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

leveed in Science

levee

[lĕvē]
  1. A long ridge of sand, silt, and clay built up by a river along its banks, especially during floods.
  2. An artificial embankment along a rivercourse or an arm of the sea, built to protect adjoining land from inundation.
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