embankment embankment  /ɛm ˈbæŋk mənt/

Definition(s):

  • (n) a long artificial mound of stone or earth; built to hold back water or to support a road or as protection

Usage(s):

  1. Chased by a policeman, he fled along a railroad embankment, when suddenly he caught sight of an express train bearing down on him and his pursuer from behind.
  2. On that occasion the pilot overshot Chicago airport, bounced off the far end of the runway, cleared an embankment, and fetched up in a soggy meadow.
  3. The tide was running strongly, and by the time the witness had reached the edge of the embankment, there was nothing to be seen.

News

  1. Dawson Co. teen dies while 'car surfing'

    DAWSONVILLE - A Dawsonville 16-year-old was killed Tuesday night when she fell from the top of a car that careened down an embankment on Couch Road. Georgia State Patrol Trooper First Class Mark Cox said the victim was "car surfing" at the time of the accident.
    on June 11, 2013     Source: AccessNorthGa.com

  2. Car drives down embankment behind Ram Restaurant

    A car drove halfway down an embankment in a parking lot behind the Ram Restaurant before noon, Salem firefighters said.
    on June 11, 2013     Source: Salem Statesman Journal

  3. Man dead after driving off embankment near Salina

    An Iowa man is dead after driving off a steep embankment on I-70 near Salina.
    on June 11, 2013     Source: KSL Salt Lake City

Quotes

  1. "I have a new appreciation for how challenging it is to vaccinate every child in the Kosi river embankment," said Mr. Gates.
    on Jul 24, 2009 By: Melinda Gates Source: Hindu

  2. "This is the largest embankment ever built in any place in ancient Egypt," Hawass said. "This embankment is very important because it protected the Temple [at] Karnak from the [annual] Nile flood."
    on Dec 17, 2007 By: Zahi Hawass Source: National Geographic

  3. "They were coming back from a casino, hit some kind of water on the road. The car hydroplaned, went down a high embankment and they hit a tree. I guess if Brad hadn't been wearing his seat belt, he'd probably be dead now," band member Todd...
    on Feb 10, 2006 By: Todd Harrell Source: USA Today

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