Definition of earthwork in English:

earthwork

noun

  • A large artificial bank of soil, especially one made as a defence in ancient times:

    ‘Bronze Age earthworks’
    • ‘By his time only some of the earthworks, and the outer defence that was part of the city wall, survived.’
    • ‘Most of these sites survive not as impressive ruins, but as the grassed-over remains of slumped earthworks formerly supporting timber structures.’
    • ‘The more powerful it was, the longer and heavier the trains it could pull, but the more substantial its rails and earthworks had to be to carry it.’
    • ‘The massive earthworks, 15 m. thick, still stand to a height of 3 m. and are pierced by three original entrances.’
    • ‘The earthworks of the Neolithic henge comprise a 2 m. high bank with a 2 m. deep ditch.’
    • ‘Up on the hill, the Americans pulled back, abandoning the earthworks and the Breed's Hill Fort to the oncoming attack.’
    • ‘Walk along the path enclosed by old metal railings, through a metal kissing gate then head straight up the hillside to reach a tumbledown wall and the earthworks of Bank Slack.’
    • ‘It is not known whether there were similar earthworks around the southern settlements; archaeology has failed to find clear evidence of such.’
    • ‘They are also reminiscent of ancient earthworks by Native American cultures, making each timeless regardless of their temporary nature.’
    • ‘Studies show the crabs can also cause serious damage by burrowing into banks and earthworks along rivers.’
    • ‘The survey team rediscovered the earthworks, reviving the possibility that a 16th century fort may still exist on the Norfolk coast.’
    • ‘Some 1400 kilometres of earthworks need to be completed before it can take the ballast, sleepers and rails.’
    • ‘The castle dates back to c 1180, but is also thought to incorporate earlier Anglo-Saxon earthworks.’
    • ‘Nineteenth century map-makers had a feeling there was something more to the area when they spotted the remains of Iron Age earthworks during an Ordnance Survey expedition.’
    • ‘On opposite sides of the Manawapou River mouth the earthworks of Thacker's and Inman's redoubts can also still be seen and just south of the town the Okautiro redoubt.’
    • ‘When the massive inner earthworks were added, with only two entrances, they enclosed an arena separated from the outside world by an imposing barrier.’
    • ‘In many other cases, evidence of masonry features or earthworks allows us to appreciate that the structures of urban castles embodied the architecture of authority.’
    • ‘Great care was taken as the board envisaged disastrous results if the earthworks collapsed and released a wall of water upon New Plymouth.’
    • ‘Approximately twelve thousand men lived in huts, and an outer and inner line of defensive earthworks were built.’
    • ‘In the most Belgicized areas, hill forts tended to give way to large settlements on lower ground, sometimes with their approaches defended by great running earthworks.’
    slope, rise, incline, gradient, ramp, acclivity, tump
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Pronunciation:

earthwork

/ˈəːθwəːk/