Levee meaning

lĕvē
The definition of a levee is a barrier or embankment designed to prevent the overflow of water onto land.

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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An embankment raised to prevent a river from overflowing.
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A small ridge or raised area bordering an irrigated field.
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To provide with a levee.
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An embankment to prevent inundation; as, the levees along the Mississippi.
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(US) The steep bank of a river, or border of an irrigated field.
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(US) A pier or other landing place on a river.
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(US) To keep within a channel by means of levees.

To levee a river.

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1749, Henry Fielding, Tom Jones, Folio Society 1973, p. 414.

The sturdy hind now attends the levee of his fellow-labourer the ox [...]

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A landing place on a river; a pier.
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A reception held, as by royalty, upon arising from bed.
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A formal reception, as at a royal court.
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An embankment built alongside a river to prevent high water from flooding bordering land.
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A low ridge of earth around a field to be irrigated.
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To build a levee along.
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(historical) A morning reception held by a sovereign or person of high rank upon arising.
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Any formal or stylish reception.
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(brit.) A reception held in the afternoon by the king or his representative, attended only by men.
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A long ridge of sand, silt, and clay built up by a river along its banks, especially during floods.
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An artificial embankment along a rivercourse or an arm of the sea, built to protect adjoining land from inundation.
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A reception of visitors held after getting up.
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A formal reception, especially one given by royalty or other leaders.
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To attend the levee or levees of.
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A landing place, as a pier, on the bank of a river.
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Origin of levee

  • French levée from Old French levee from feminine past participle of lever to raise lever

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From French lever a rising from Old French from lever to raise, rise lever

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From French levée, from lever (“to raise, rise").

    From Wiktionary

  • From French levé (“risen").

    From Wiktionary