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embankment

a man-made ridge of earth or stone that carries a road or railway or confines a waterway

Embankment

A sloped area of earth abutting a structure.

embankment

[em′baŋk·mənt]
(civil engineering)
A ridge constructed of earth, stone, or other material to carry a roadway or railroad at a level above that of the surrounding terrain.
A ridge of earth or stone to prevent water from passing beyond desirable limits. Also known as bank.

embankment

A bank of earth, gravel, or other material constructed above the natural ground surface; often used to carry a road, or as a dam to hold back water.
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Rodents can burrow through both sides of an embankment providing a pathway for water to move through and erode the embankment, potentially causing serious issues for the surrounding communities.
Summary: Toll rises to 214 as new areas inundated after Budhi Gandak river breaks its embankment
He instructed irrigation officials to strengthen canal and river embankments by pitching stones with special focus on vulnerable points adding that encroachments and illegal constructions on dykes be removed and legal action be taken against the persons inflicting any kind of damage to the embankments.
The Deputy Commissioner directed irrigation officials to further strengthen the embankments and ensure reinforcement of all sensitive points before monsoon rains.
With growing trends of railroads toward heavier axle loads, higher train speeds, and increasing amount of traffic, higher wheel loads will be exerted on the embankment with more repetition.
The construction of roads with relatively high embankments on soft soil subgrade can certainly raise some problems related to the stability of the road embankment.
Embankments adjoining workplaces and travelways should be examined weekly or more often if changing ground conditions warrant.
Design and performance of embankments on very soft soils.
The water was contained between the embankments for a while but it was just too powerful and broke through.
This situation concerns the technical means to find alternative solutions for mitigation of structural problems caused in the buildings and embankments by soil settlements.
Wherever it is possible they are making temporary embankments.
And with the change in its course, it began eroding its embankments spelling doom for the villages located along its banks.