What is another word for levee?

Pronunciation: [lˈɛviː] (IPA)

A levee is a man-made embankment that's constructed to prevent flooding or enclose an area of land. However, many people confuse the term with other similar words such as dykes, dikes, or berms. Dykes typically refer to man-made structures to hold back or manage water, while dikes are used to separate or build walls. Meanwhile, berms are elevated earth mounds used for similar flood management purposes as levees. Similarly, other synonymous words for levee include flood banks, embankments, seawalls, or bunds. As such, learning these synonyms can help improve your mastery of the English language and make communication more effective across different contexts.

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Usage examples for Levee

But the master street of the world is the great levee, usually from two to five hundred feet wide from the river to the buildings.
"Eight days in New Orleans in February, 1847"
Albert James Pickett
Now scenes of the most intensely exciting character are upon the levee.
"Eight days in New Orleans in February, 1847"
Albert James Pickett
The rough and homely produce of the far and cold Iowa-of the distant Wisconsin-of the black and stormy Northern Lakes, is here thrown upon the levee in hurry and confusion mingled and mixed with the sweets and luxuries of the sunny tropics.
"Eight days in New Orleans in February, 1847"
Albert James Pickett

Famous quotes with Levee

  • You probably have to have redundant levee systems with canals in between them, like the Dutch have, to make sure that incoming water is channeled off to areas where you deal with it rather than have it drown you.
    Billy Tauzin
  • But while at the bottom of the national life the slime was thus constantly accumulating more and more deleteriously and deeply, so much the more smooth and glittering was the surface, overlaid with the varnish of polished manners and universal friendship. All the world interchanged visits; so that in the houses of quality it was necessary to admit the persons presenting themselves every morning for the levee in a certain order fixed by the master or occasionally by the attendant in waiting, and to give audience only to the more notable one by one, while the rest were more summarily admitted partly in groups, partly en masse at the close—a distinction which Gaius Gracchus, in this too paving the way for the new monarchy, is said to have introduced. The interchange of letters of courtesy was carried to as great an extent as the visits of courtesy; "friendly" letters flew over land and sea between persons who had neither personal relations nor business with each other, whereas proper and formal business-letters scarcely occur except where the letter is addressed to a corporation. In like manner invitations to dinner, the customary new year's presents, the domestic festivals, were divested of their proper character and converted almost into public ceremonials; even death itself did not release the Roman from these attentions to his countless "neighbours," but in order to die with due respectability he had to provide each of them at any rate with a keepsake. Just as in certain circles of our mercantile world, the genuine intimacy of family ties and family friendships had so totally vanished from the Rome of that day that the whole intercourse of business and acquaintance could be garnished with forms and flourishes which had lost all meaning, and thus by degrees the reality came to be superseded by that spectral shadow of "friendship," which holds by no means the least place among the various evil spirits brooding over the proscriptions and civil wars of this age.
    Theodor Mommsen
  • Hurricane Katrina didn't just knock a few bricks from the fabric of a levee. More importantly, it knocked a few bricks also from the notion that America is a shining beacon of hope for a troubled world. It isn't. It's a house of straw. With no education to glue that straw together.
    Jeremy Clarkson

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