Definitions for embankmentɛmˈbæŋk mənt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

em•bank•mentɛmˈbæŋk mənt(n.)

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

    Category: Civil Engineering

  2. the action of embanking.

    Category: Civil Engineering

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. embankment(noun)

    a long artificial mound of stone or earth; built to hold back water or to support a road or as protection


  1. embankment(Noun)

    a long artificial mound of earth and stone, built to hold back water, for protection or to support a road

Webster Dictionary

  1. Embankment(noun)

    the act of surrounding or defending with a bank

  2. Embankment(noun)

    a structure of earth, gravel, etc., raised to prevent water from overflowing a level tract of country, to retain water in a reservoir, or to carry a roadway, etc


  1. Embankment

    A road, railway line or canal is normally raised onto an embankment made of earth to avoid a change in level required by the terrain, the alternatives being either to have an unacceptable change in level or detour to follow a contour. A cutting is used for the same purpose where the land is originally higher than required. Embankments are often constructed using material obtained from a cutting. Embankments should be constructed using suitable materials to provide adequate support to the formation and long-term stability.

Translations for embankment

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a bank or ridge made eg to keep back water or to carry a railway over low-lying places etc.

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