• WordNet 3.6
    • n embankment a long artificial mound of stone or earth; built to hold back water or to support a road or as protection
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Embankment A structure of earth, gravel, etc., raised to prevent water from overflowing a level tract of country, to retain water in a reservoir, or to carry a roadway, etc.
    • Embankment The act of surrounding or defending with a bank.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n embankment The act of surrounding or defending with a bank.
    • n embankment A mound, bank, dike, or earthwork raised for any purpose, as to protect land from the inroads of the sea or from the overflow of a river, to carry a canal, road, or railway over a valley, etc.; a levee: as, the Thames embankment in London, England.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Embankment the act of embanking: a bank or mound made to keep water within certain limits: a mound constructed so as to carry a level road or railway over a low-lying place
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Coined from em, in, and bank.


In literature:

And they'll process down the Embankment and down Pall Mall and Piccadilly at eleven; but they won't process here.
"The Tree of Heaven" by May Sinclair
Sometimes they would walk home along Holborn, sometimes they would go down Ludgate Hill and thence on to the Embankment.
"The Divine Fire" by May Sinclair
Slipping behind the embankment, he waited for the vehicle to pass.
"Sandy" by Alice Hegan Rice
On the embankment he met Rodney Temple, taking the air after his day in the Gallery of Fine Arts.
"The Street Called Straight" by Basil King
The land must be embanked with stones and then levelled.
"The Foundations of Japan" by J.W. Robertson Scott
The detective's cab kept pace with Capella's through Old Broad Street, Queen Victoria Street, and along the Embankment.
"The Stowmarket Mystery" by Louis Tracy
The ditch that ran beside the railroad embankment widened in one place to forty feet.
"The Knights of the White Shield" by Edward A. Rand
For an instant a skiff was visible at the foot of the embankment; two occupants were in it.
"A Friend of Caesar" by William Stearns Davis
He met it face to face on the Embankment somewhere between Charing Cross and the Temple.
"The Tysons" by May Sinclair
Our table stood in a bay of plate-glass windows overlooking the Embankment close by Cleopatra's Needle.
"World's War Events, Volume III" by Various

In poetry:

—So I rushed down the steep embankment
No thought of my own affairs —
I rushed down the steep embankment
'Cause I couldn't rush down the stairs.
"The Scotch Express —From Ireland" by T W Connor
“Big Ben” was striking “closing time”,
The Lights of London glowing
As she trudged along the “Embankment”
It was summer time — and snowing
"Limehouse Liz (Of Lambeth)" by T W Connor
After the cloud embankments,
the lamentation of wind
and the starry descent into time,
we came to the flashing waters and shaded our eyes
from the glare.
"Reconnaissance" by Arna Wendall Bontemps
Give me the gray of big city boulevards,
The riveted embankments of water's edge,
The clouds, never as beautiful as when, framed
In attic windows, they float by in the sky.
"The Dapperstreet" by Jakobus Cornelis Bloem
What can I do, blind and outcast
In a world where all are fathered and sighted,
Where passions go over anathemas
As if over embankments! Where a lament Is called - sniffles!
"Poets (excerpt)" by Marina Ivanova Tsvetaeva
The river burst its embankments suddenly at dead of night,
And the rushing torrent swept all before it left and right;
All over the province of Honan, which for its fertility,
Is commonly called by historians, the garden of China.
"The Great Yellow River Inundation in China" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

The victim was found on a river embankment.
A driver went off an embankment on Grand Island Road, south of the Grand Island Mansion on Wednesday morning, police said.
Consol Energy says one of its workers is unaccounted and two others were hurt when an embankment collapsed, sending a bulldozer and two pickups into a coal slurry pond in north-central West Virginia.
Emergency officials were draining a West Virginia coal slurry pond to search for a bulldozer operator who was unaccounted for after an embankment collapsed, sending three into the water.
The branch broke free from the underbrush and skidded up an embankment to the road.
The vehicle rolled twice after hitting an embankment.
A scary scene in Surf City this morning after a tractor trailer went off an embankment leading to the swingbridge .
Jeff Johnson of the Surf City Police Department says it happened around 10:45 am He said there was a driver and a passenger in the truck when it went off the embankment, leaving it dangling over the side.
A scary scene in Surf City this morning after a tractor trailer went off an embankment leading to the swingbridge.
A truck driver from Lexington was killed on Tuesday afternoon, according to the Highway Patrol, when his truck traveled off a Lafayette County road, struck an embankment, and overturned onto its top.
Crews worked to remove a truck carrying explosive material that fell about 20 feet down an embankment on Interstate 85.
Merrill Davis, 34, died Oct 14 when his car veered off a steep embankment beside a bridge on N.C 751 in Durham, which runs through Duke Forest.
A car hit from behind on Route 309 went over a guiderail and slid down a steep embankment, sending emergency personnel to the scene for a rope rescue Wednesday night.
VERNON, Calif.—Northbound lanes of a Southern California freeway were shut down at the start of the morning commute after a big-rig slammed into a stalled pickup truck, jackknifed and left its load dangling over an embankment.
A missing woman spent a frigid night in the Angeles National Forest after her truck plummeted 300 feet down a steep embankment.

In science:

The long right tails of distributions correspond to the highly connected nodes of dual graphs, just a few ”broadways”, embankments, and belt roads crossing many more streets than an average street in the city.
Random Walks Along the Streets and Canals in Compact Cities: Spectral analysis, Dynamical Modularity, Information, and Statistical Mechanics
However, it seems that information in a message on possible correlations of gondoliers traffic in Venice could be much more valuable than a cruise schedule along the Amstel embankments.
Random Walks Along the Streets and Canals in Compact Cities: Spectral analysis, Dynamical Modularity, Information, and Statistical Mechanics
The measuring situation seen from the embankment is however different.
Understanding the special theory of relativity
As seen from the embankment, the clocks on board are thus not synchronized.
Understanding the special theory of relativity