Berm vs Dike - What's the difference?

berm | dike |


As nouns the difference between berm and dike

is that berm is a narrow ledge or shelf, as along the top or bottom of a slope while dike is (british) archaic spelling of all (british) meanings of dyke.

As verbs the difference between berm and dike

is that berm is to provide something with a berm while dike is to surround or protect with a dike or dry bank; to secure with a bank.

berm

English

(wikipedia berm)

Noun

(en noun)
  • 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)
  • Synonyms

    * (strip of land between street and sidewalk) see list at (m)

    Verb

    (en verb)
  • To provide something with a berm
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    dike

    English

    Alternative forms

    * dyke

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • (British) Archaic spelling of all (British) meanings of dyke.
  • A barrier of stone or earth used to hold back water and prevent flooding.
  • * 1891 :
  • ** The king of Texcuco advised the building of a great dike , so thick and strong as to keep out the water.
  • (pejorative) A lesbian, especially a butch lesbian.
  • (geology) A body of once molten igneous rock that was injected into older rocks in a manner that crosses bedding planes.
  • Synonyms

    * (barrier of stone or earth) bank, embankment, dam, levee, breakwater, floodwall, seawall * ditch

    Antonyms

    * dune

    See also

    * dough * duck * duct * thick

    Verb

    (dik)
  • To surround or protect with a dike or dry bank; to secure with a bank.
  • *{{quote-journal, 2001, date=November 16, Karen F. Schmidt, ECOLOGY: A True-Blue Vision for the Danube, Science citation
  • , passage=Next News Focus ECOLOGY: A True-Blue Vision for the Danube Karen F. Schmidt * Romanian scientists are at the forefront of a European effort to balance the protection and exploitation of vast, diverse wetlands B UCHAREST-- In 1983, dictator Nicolae Ceausescu decreed that the Romanian Danube delta, one of Europe's largest wetlands, be diked for growing rice and maize. }}
  • * {{quote-news, year=1996, date=September 27, author=Michael Miner, title=WVON Won't Take the Bait/Meigs and the Dailies: The Long View, work=Chicago Reader citation
  • , passage=Lakeside water-filtration plants, an 11,000-acre diked airport east of 55th Street, slash-and-bulldoze highway projects through Jackson and Lincoln parks--these and many another grandiose project leapt from the sketchbooks of city planners. }}
  • To drain by a dike or ditch.
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