Embankment Em*bank"ment, n. 1. The act of surrounding or defending with a bank. [1913 Webster]

2. 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. [1913 Webster]

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