Embankment vs Ditch - What's the difference?

embankment | ditch |


As nouns the difference between embankment and ditch

is that embankment is a long artificial mound of earth and stone, built to hold back water, for protection or to support a road while ditch is or ditch can be a trench; a long, shallow indentation, as for irrigation or drainage.

As a verb ditch is

or ditch can be to discard or abandon.

embankment

English

Noun

(en noun)
  • a long artificial mound of earth and stone, built to hold back water, for protection or to support a road
  • ditch

    English

    Etymology 1

    From earlier deche, from (etyl) dechen, from (etyl) .

    Verb

    (es)
  • Noun

    (en-noun)
  • Etymology 2

    From (etyl) dich, from (etyl) .

    Noun

    (es)
  • A trench; a long, shallow indentation, as for irrigation or drainage.
  • Digging ditches has long been considered one of the most demanding forms of manual labor.
    Derived terms
    * ditchdigger * ditch weed * ditcher * ox is in the ditch
    See also
    * fosse * moat

    Verb

  • To discard or abandon.
  • Once the sun came out we ditched our rain-gear and started a campfire.
  • To deliberately crash-land an airplane on the sea.
  • When the second engine failed, the pilot was forced to ditch ; their last location was just south of the Azores.
  • To deliberately not attend classes; to play hookey.
  • The truant officer caught Louise ditching with her friends, and her parents were forced to pay a fine.
  • To dig ditches.
  • Enclosure led to fuller winter employment in hedging and ditching .
  • To dig ditches around.
  • The soldiers ditched the tent to prevent flooding.
  • To throw into a ditch.
  • The engine was ditched and turned on its side.
    Synonyms
    * abandon * discard * dump * jettison * lose * shed * See also