Definition of earthwork in English:



  • A large artificial bank of soil, especially one used as a fortification.

    ‘Bronze Age earthworks’
    • ‘Up on the hill, the Americans pulled back, abandoning the earthworks and the Breed's Hill Fort to the oncoming attack.’
    • ‘Studies show the crabs can also cause serious damage by burrowing into banks and earthworks along rivers.’
    • ‘By his time only some of the earthworks, and the outer defence that was part of the city wall, survived.’
    • ‘The survey team rediscovered the earthworks, reviving the possibility that a 16th century fort may still exist on the Norfolk coast.’
    • ‘The massive earthworks, 15 m. thick, still stand to a height of 3 m. and are pierced by three original entrances.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Some 1400 kilometres of earthworks need to be completed before it can take the ballast, sleepers and rails.’
    • ‘It is not known whether there were similar earthworks around the southern settlements; archaeology has failed to find clear evidence of such.’
    • ‘Most of these sites survive not as impressive ruins, but as the grassed-over remains of slumped earthworks formerly supporting timber structures.’
    • ‘Great care was taken as the board envisaged disastrous results if the earthworks collapsed and released a wall of water upon New Plymouth.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They are also reminiscent of ancient earthworks by Native American cultures, making each timeless regardless of their temporary nature.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Approximately twelve thousand men lived in huts, and an outer and inner line of defensive earthworks were built.’
    • ‘The earthworks of the Neolithic henge comprise a 2 m. high bank with a 2 m. deep ditch.’
    • ‘When the massive inner earthworks were added, with only two entrances, they enclosed an arena separated from the outside world by an imposing barrier.’
    • ‘The castle dates back to c 1180, but is also thought to incorporate earlier Anglo-Saxon earthworks.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    slope, rise, incline, gradient, ramp, acclivity, tump
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