- 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.
- 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 of bermFrench berme and amp; Dutch berm ; from Middle Dutch baerm: for Indo-European base see broom
- 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.
transitive verbbermed, berm·ing, berms
Origin of bermFrench berme, from Dutch berm, from Middle Dutch bærm, berme.
- A narrow ledge or shelf, as along the top or bottom of a slope
- A raised bank or path, especially the bank of a canal opposite the towpath
- A terrace formed by wave action along a beach
- A mound or bank of earth, used especially as a barrier or to provide insulation
- A ledge between the parapet and the moat in a fortification
- A strip of land between a street and sidewalk (regional)
(third-person singular simple present berms, present participle berming, simple past and past participle bermed)
- To provide something with a berm
- (law) Abbreviation of Bermuda.
This is the customary abbreviation of this term as used in case citations. See, e.g., The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation, Nineteenth Edition (2010), "Geographical Terms: Foreign countries and regions", Table T10.3, p. 438-443.