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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 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.
Footsteps coming down the embankment alarmed him, and he hid the bottle under his hat on the ground between his legs.
I advise nothing," he interrupted, glancing up and down the Embankment, in case his indiscretion had been overheard.
4) The protection ofriver Koprzywianka's embankments left embankment in km 0+000 E[cedilla] 12+900, right embankment in km 0+000 E[cedilla]14+400.
After 2010, 74 separate schemes of reinforcing river embankments across
MNA Azra Pechohu instructed for setting up medical camps at protective embankments and ensure make available vaccines for snake and dog bite patients.
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.
Wherever it is possible they are making temporary embankments.