artificial levee
   An artificial embankment constructed along the bank of a watercourse or an arm of the sea, to protect land from inundation or to confine streamflow to its channel.
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  • Levee — For other uses, see Levee (disambiguation). The side of a levee in Sacramento, California A levee, levée, dike (or dyke), embankment, floodbank or stopbank is an elongated naturally occurring ridge or artificially constructed fill or wall, which… …   Wikipedia

  • levee —    An artificial or natural embankment built along the margin of a watercourse or an arm of the sea, to protect land from inundation or to confine streamflow to its channel.    Compare: artificial levee, natural levee.    GG …   Glossary of landform and geologic terms

  • levee — levee1 /lev ee/, n., v., leveed, leveeing. n. 1. an embankment designed to prevent the flooding of a river. 2. Geol. See natural levee. 3. Agric. one of the small continuous ridges surrounding fields that are to be irrigated. 4. Hist. a landing… …   Universalium

  • levee — {{11}}levee (n.1) 1719, natural or artificial embankment to prevent overflow of a river, from New Orleans Fr. levée raising, lifting; embankment, from French, originally fem. pp. of lever to raise, from L. levare to raise (see LEVER (Cf. lever)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • levee — I. /ˈlɛvi / (say levee) noun 1. a raised riverside built up naturally by the river by deposition of silt during flooding. 2. an artificial embankment built for preventing the overflowing of a river. 3. Agriculture one of the small continuous… …   Australian English dictionary

  • levee —    An artificial bank to prevent overbank flow of a river [16] …   Lexicon of Cave and Karst Terminology

  • levee — /leviy/ An embankment or artificial mound of earth constructed along the margin of a river, to confine the stream to its natural channel or prevent inundation or overflow. Also, a landing place on a river or lake; a place on a river or other… …   Black's law dictionary

  • levee — /leviy/ An embankment or artificial mound of earth constructed along the margin of a river, to confine the stream to its natural channel or prevent inundation or overflow. Also, a landing place on a river or lake; a place on a river or other… …   Black's law dictionary

  • levee — An artificial embankment constructed to contain the flood waters of a river. Anno: 70 ALR 1275, 1278; 26 Am J2d Em D § 65. A landing place for vessels, and for the delivery of merchandise to and from such vessels, and, as incident to that, for… …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • natural levee —    A long, broad low ridge or embankment of sand and coarse silt, built by a stream on its flood plain and along both sides of its channel, especially in time of flood when water overflowing the normal banks is forced to deposit the coarsest part …   Glossary of landform and geologic terms

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