• WordNet 3.6
    • n earthwork an earthen rampart
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Earthwork (Engin) An embankment or construction made of earth.
    • Earthwork (Mil) Any construction, whether a temporary breastwork or permanent fortification, for attack or defense, the material of which is chiefly earth.
    • Earthwork (Engin) The operation connected with excavations and embankments of earth in preparing foundations of buildings, in constructing canals, railroads, etc.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n earthwork In engineering, any operation in which earth is removed or thrown up, as in cuttings, embankments, etc.
    • n earthwork In fortification, any offensive or defensive construction formed chiefly of earth: commonly in the plural.
    • n earthwork Any similar construction, as the ancient mounds of earth found in various parts of the United States, of unknown use and origin. They differ widely in form, but are always well defined in plan, and sometimes inclose large areas.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Earthwork a fortification of earth
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. eorthe; cf. Dut. aarde, Ger. erde.


In literature:

These were built deep into the ground, protected by thick earthworks, and very effectively screened from observation.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume III (of VIII)" by Various
Hurried earthworks had been thrown up, covering the knapsacks our brigade had left there when we advanced.
"War from the Inside" by Frederick L. (Frederick Lyman) Hitchcock
Eventually, through these precautions, he saved his principal earthworks from destruction.
"Creatures of the Night" by Alfred W. Rees
The road bed may be shaped in connection with the other earthwork.
"American Rural Highways" by T. R. Agg
The British had thrown up earthworks at the Norfolk end of the bridge when the Americans arrived.
"Rodney, the Ranger" by John V. Lane
On every hand were frowning earthworks, and just ahead of us the coveted prize.
"Three Years in the Federal Cavalry" by Willard Glazier
On Prospect Hill were the earthworks of the provincials.
"Daughters of the Revolution and Their Times" by Charles Carleton Coffin
Dazed, we crouch behind an earthwork while the enemy creeps through the smoke.
"Prize Orations of the Intercollegiate Peace Association" by Intercollegiate Peace Association
There are great camps and earthworks everywhere, with ramparts and ditches, both British and Roman.
"The Thread of Gold" by Arthur Christopher Benson
Near the spot, earthworks were thrown up during the night for the protection of three batteries, each of twenty-four guns.
"Through Russian Snows" by G. A Henty

In poetry:

White smoke in clouds yon earthwork shrouds
Where, steeped in battle to the lips,
The French amain pour fiery rain
On town, and walls, and English ships.
"Arms And The Man - The Beleaguered Town" by James Barron Hope

In news:

It's been about 10 years since earthmoving contractors began playing around in earnest with three-dimensional grade controls guided by global-positioning systems, which can speed up estimating and shaping earthwork by 30% or more.
Herd himself served as the film's consultant and devised the helicopter-shot title sequence wherein credits are spelled out in huge organic earthworks .
'Formations of Erasure: Earthworks and Entropy '.
'Formations of Erasure : Earthworks and Entropy'.
Erika Blecha, a field technician with Applied Earthworks, brushes dirt off the base of what was a wall foundation from around 1775 to 1805 JOE JOHNSTON — Buy Photo.
The Newark Earthworks stretch across the golf course at the Moundbuilders Country Club in Newark, Ohio.
Suddenly, it's all about minimalism, earthworks, and Frank Gehry.
I love the triple-milled Sea Watercress & Chai Tea soap from the Lucia line and the Pistachio by Earthworks.
I went to see Robert Smithson's touchstone earthwork, Spiral Jetty.
The Fort Tyler tumulus , unfortunately, ended up going the way of so many other Indian earthworks in Wayne County.
When Sharon Wilson, director of the Texas Oil and Gas Accountability Project for Earthworks.
Earthworks, a manufacturer of high-definition microphones, appointed Bill Norton to the newly created position of chief operating officer.
Earthworks, a manufacturer of high-definition microphones for recording, live sound, and test/measurement applications, introduced the SR40, 40kHz High Definition Microphone .
He said it's highly unlikely anything is buried in the earthwork because serpent mounds weren't used for that purpose.
Authorities are seeking people they say vandalized an ancient snake-shaped Serpent Mound by burying what may be hundreds of small muffin-like resin objects at the southern Ohio earthworks.