embankment


noun

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

noun

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

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

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