The definition of a levee is a barrier or embankment designed to prevent the overflow of water onto land.(noun)
Barriers set up in New Orleans that were designed to prevent the flow of water and that failed during Hurricane Katrina, causing flooding, are an example of levees.
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Origin: Fr levée, fem. pp. of OFr lever, to raise: see lever
Origin: Fr levé, for OFr lever, substantival use of inf., to raise, se lever, to rise: see levee
See levee in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: French levée
Origin: , from Old French levee
Origin: , from
Origin: feminine past participle of lever, to raise; see lever.
Origin: From French lever, a rising
Origin: , from Old French
Origin: , from lever, to raise, rise; see lever.
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