embankment


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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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Now, William," she said, "if people see me racing along the Embankment like this they WILL talk.
he exclaimed to himself, striding back along the Embankment.
Rodney stopped and once more began beating a kind of rhythm, as if he were marking a phrase in a symphony, upon the smooth stone balustrade of the Embankment.
The embankment juts out in angles here and there, like pulpits; instead of preachers, however, small boys occupy them, dangling string, dropping pebbles, or launching wads of paper for a cruise.
The wide Embankment which had had room for cannonballs and squadrons, had now shrunk to a cobbled lane steaming with smells of malt and oil and blocked by waggons.
Slow footsteps, coming down the side of the railroad embankment, alarmed him ere he could drink.
Footsteps coming down the embankment alarmed him, and he hid the bottle under his hat on the ground between his legs.
He implied that one ought not to sit out on Chelsea Embankment without a male escort.
I advise nothing," he interrupted, glancing up and down the Embankment, in case his indiscretion had been overheard.
COUNCILLORS have raised fears over a potential embankment collapse in Gateshead.
1) The flood protectionwithin the areaof estuary section of AtramentEwka, the construction of new pumping station of KomierzEw and the gravity sluice inKo mierzEw (in the right embankment of Wisa) and the drain transferring water from AtramentEwka to the pumpingstation.
HYDERABAD -- The Sindh Irrigation and Drainage Authority (SIDA) has expressed confidence that the Ghalyan embankment of river Indus, which shields Hyderabad district, will withstand the pressure of the ongoing flood.