noun Etymology: French berme, from Dutch berm strip of ground along a dike; akin to Middle English brimme brim Date: 1704 1. a narrow shelf, path, or ledge typically at the top or bottom of a slope; also a mound or wall of earth or sand <
a landscaped berm
2. the shoulder of a road

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Berm — Berme Berme, n. [F. berme, of German origin; cf. G. brame, br[ a]me, border, akin to E. brim.] 1. (Fort.) A narrow shelf or path between the bottom of a parapet and the ditch. [1913 Webster] 2. (Engineering) A ledge at the bottom of a bank or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • berm — [bʉrm] n. [Fr berme & Du berm < MDu baerm: for IE base see BROOM] 1. a ledge or space between the ditch and parapet in a fortification: also sp. berme ☆ 2. Dial. the shoulder of a road 3. a narrow ledge or path as at the top or bottom of a… …   English World dictionary

  • berm — narrow ledge, 1729, from Fr. berme (17c.), from O.Du. baerm edge of a dike, probably related to BRIM (Cf. brim) (q.v.). In U.S., 19c., also the name for the bank of a canal opposite the tow path …   Etymology dictionary

  • Berm — A berm is a level space, shelf, or raised barrier separating two areas. Berm is a loanword from Dutch.cite book | year=1989 | title=Oxford English Dictionary | publisher=Oxford University Press | location=Oxford, England] HistoryIn mediaeval… …   Wikipedia

  • berm — /berrm/, n. 1. Also, berme. Fort. a horizontal surface between the exterior slope of a rampart and the moat. 2. Also called bench. any level strip of ground at the summit or sides, or along the base, of a slope. 3. Also called backshore, beach… …   Universalium

  • Berm — Der befestigte Sandwall (gepunktete Linie) verläuft quer durch die Westsahara …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • berm — 1. noun a) A narrow ledge or shelf, as along the top or bottom of a slope b) A raised bank or path, especially the bank of a canal opposite the towpath …   Wiktionary

  • berm — [[t]bɜrm[/t]] n. 1) gel geo a level strip of ground at the summit or sides, or along the base, of a slope 2) gel a nearly flat back portion of a beach formed of material deposited by the waves 3) the shoulder of a road 4) a mound of snow or dirt… …   From formal English to slang

  • berm — /bɜm/ (say berm) noun 1. Also, berme. Fortifications a narrow terrace between the rampart and moat; bench. 2. the ledge or shoulder alongside a road. 3. NZ a strip of grass between a roadway and footpath. 4. Geology a nearly horizontal portion of …   Australian English dictionary

  • berm — berma statusas Aprobuotas sritis statyba apibrėžtis Truputį pasvira neplati aikštelė gruntinių medžiagų užtvankos šlaite. Eismui skirta berma projektuojama pagal kelių tiesimo reikalavimus. atitikmenys: angl. berm vok. Berme rus. берма pranc.… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

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