Definition of embank in US English:



[with object]
  • 1Construct a wall or bank of earth or stone in order to confine (a river) within certain limits.

    ‘the government planned to dredge and embank stretches of the delta's main river’
    • ‘With some of the trees drooping over the stone embanked, tiny rivulet - they cast kaleidoscopic reflections in its waters.’
    • ‘Trench's solution to the now-threatening nature of the Thames was to embank the river, allowing the water to cover the mudbanks and to scour away the semi-liquid ‘sluggish Filth’ from the sewers.’
    • ‘The Maigue is tidal as far as Adare, and is embanked along most of its distance.’
    • ‘The river is straight and embanked, and most areas are shallow enough for Little Egrets to forage.’
    • ‘This is another small river, embanked for all of its length, with a depth of up to 5 feet.’
    1. 1.1 Construct a bank of earth or stone to carry (a road or railroad) over an area of low ground.
      • ‘Beyond these stones was an embanked avenue leading across the landscape to the northeast.’