Part of speech: noun

A protecting or supporting bank.

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Usage examples "embankment":

  1. Beyond this dam no vessels can proceed, however high the tide, and the sea would be vainly turned into the fields as long as such an embankment remained in the way, which would prevent the Zealand vessels from descending into the plain before Antwerp. - "The Revolt of The Netherlands, Complete", Frederich Schiller.
  2. Fancy a theatre called " The Embankment"! - "The Landleaguers", Anthony Trollope.
  3. For a moment he stood on the slight embankment, his ears thrown defiantly back. - "Frank of Freedom Hill", Samuel A. Derieux.