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see beachbeach,
a gently sloping zone where deposits of unconsolidated sediments are subject to wave action at the shore of an ocean or lake. Most of the sediment making up a beach is supplied by rivers or by the erosion of highlands adjacent to the coast.
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The horizontal surface between a moat and the exterior slope of a fortified rampart; a continuous bank of earth piled against one or more exterior walls of a building as a protection against the elements.


(civil engineering)
A horizontal ledge cut between the foot and top of an embankment to stabilize the slope by intercepting sliding earth.
A narrow terrace which originates from the interruption of an erosion cycle with rejuvenation of a stream in the mature stage of its development and renewed dissection.
A horizontal portion of a beach or backshore formed by deposit of material as a result of wave action. Also known as backshore terrace; coastal berm.


1. A continuous bank of earth alongside a road; a shoulder.
2. A continuous bank of earth piled against a masonry wall.
3. A strip of ground, formed into a ledge to support beams or pipes.
4. The horizontal surface between a moat and the exterior slope of a fortified rampart.
5. In earth excavation work, that portion of the excavation, usually sloped, left at the perimeter and removed as the sheeting and bracing are installed.
6. A narrow terrace or shelf built into an embankment, or the like, which breaks the continuity of an otherwise long slope.
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However, for the berm top to function in this manner, the berm must be completely level during construction and throughout the life of the facility.
He pulled gently onn the scarf to make the end that hung beyond the berm jump and dance.
He said he struck the berm going 10 to 15 mph at about a 45-degree angle to the edge of the berm.
It provided no data indicating that even a 36-inch distance was a dangerous drop-off within the meaning of the berm standard.
In addition to these, a laceleaf Japanese maple, a vine maple, blue oat grass, and other ornamentals cover the berm.
Next to the river, it was as close as 6 inches to the surface, so very little fill material was available for berm construction.
A berm of sand could be built at the designated position and the HDPE draped over it to establish a collection point from which the collected water could be pumped into a drainage channel.
At the center of the controversy surrounding the company's expansion plan is its proposal to build a two-mile-long earthen berm that would protect its land in case the rivers flood.
The garden straddles a berm that serves a practical purpose: It screens a view of a public walking trail at the top of the hill.