- The definition of a berm is a piece of land that is flat and narrow and typically beside a body of water, or a man-made hill or dike.
- An example of a berm is a strip of flat land on which you can sit next to a river.
- An example of a berm are the trenches dug and used by the military in World War II.
A frost covered berm by a field.
berm definition by Webster's New World
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- a ledge or space between the ditch and parapet in a fortificationalso sp. berme
- ☆ Dialectal the shoulder of a road
- a narrow ledge or path as at the top or bottom of a slope, or along a beach
- a wall or mound of earth
Origin: French berme and amp; Dutch berm ; from Middle Dutch baerm: for Indo-European base see broom
berm definition by American Heritage Dictionary
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
- a. A narrow ledge or shelf, as along the top or bottom of a slope.b. Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, & West Virginia The shoulder of a road.c. A raised bank or path, especially the bank of a canal opposite the towpath.
- A nearly horizontal or landward-sloping portion of a beach, formed by the deposition of sediment by storm waves.
- A mound or bank of earth, used especially as a barrier or to provide insulation.
- The flat space between the edge of a ditch and the base of a fortification.
To provide with a berm or berms.
Origin: French berme, from Dutch berm, from Middle Dutch bǽrm, berme.
berm - Science Definition
- A nearly horizontal or landward-sloping portion of a beach formed by the deposition of sediment by storm waves. A beach may have no berm at all, or it may have more than one berm.
- A narrow man-made ledge or shelf, as along the top or bottom of a slope.