Definition of bund in English:



  • 1An embankment or causeway.

    • ‘The local administration has tried to solve this problem by raising the level of the bunds along the river.’
    • ‘The oil, as well as other debris and rubbish, is currently contained by a bund across the river, at Church Street weir, which stops it from reaching the River Thames.’
    • ‘I too am distressed at the construction of a bund to prevent the long-standing annual visits by Romany families to an Ilkley riverside location.’
    • ‘Thirty-one detailed points of concern have been raised by the Bord in respect to peat excavation and its containment in repository bunds.’
    • ‘Later, we will fence the lake area, develop the bund, make jogging tracks, construct an auditorium, and provide boating facility, but of course, all this will be done in stages.’
    • ‘Solutions suggested for the sports field include redirecting a drain under Mill Yard to Mill Race and putting a bund around the field.’
    • ‘Concrete bunds turn the water sterile and leave no room for natural, vegetated spawning banks.’
    • ‘Temporary bunds on nullahs, rivulets or small rivers erected by using empty cement bags, popularly known as Vanarai Bunds, have proved most effective.’
    • ‘He stressed that plans were also in place to create bunds, or embankments, to contain the stockpiles, although covering them was impractical for operational reasons.’
    • ‘Other rubble serves to repair roads and shore-up retaining bunds along the shore.’
    • ‘A pipe from the tank led to a drum which was outside the spillage bund round the tank.’
    • ‘To prevent the water from the Busrah River from flooding the many establishments of the base, a huge bund or dam has been built south and southeast of the town.’
    • ‘During heavy monsoon downpours, the bunds naturally breached causing silt formation in tanks.’
    • ‘Previously, the developers had planned to deposit the peat in bunds on the hillside site - a proposal which caused concern that it would not be stable.’
    • ‘There were volunteers there to help de-silt the reservoir and raise the bund of the check dam; and artists to be part of an art camp.’
    • ‘Mining often is carried out underwater and one could avoid the water by building bunds and so on.’
    • ‘The couple are accused of failure to remove the waste from the land in breach of an enforcement notice, and failure to remove unauthorised engineering works, namely bunds, from the land in breach of an enforcement notice.’
    • ‘Firefighters quickly blocked the drains to stop the flammable cargo leaking into the sewer and put down a bund to contain the diesel.’
    • ‘This design created a lagoon between the bund and the island.’
    • ‘The VIP convoy halted at some distance away from the lake bund where the residents had gathered.’
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Early 19th century: via Urdu from Persian.