Definitions for earthworkˈɜrθˌwɜrk
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
excavation and piling of earth in an engineering operation.
Category: Civil Engineering
a military construction formed chiefly of earth for protection against enemy fire.
Category: Military, Fortification
an artistic work that consists of a large-scale modification of an area of land by an artist.
Category: Fine Arts
Origin of earthwork:
an earthen rampart
Any structure made from earth; especially an embankment or rampart used as a fortification
any construction, whether a temporary breastwork or permanent fortification, for attack or defense, the material of which is chiefly earth
the operation connected with excavations and embankments of earth in preparing foundations of buildings, in constructing canals, railroads, etc
an embankment or construction made of earth