A berm is a raised strip of ground that runs along the side of a road or a body of water. You might stand on the berm by a lake with your fishing pole as you bait your hook.

A berm is any stretch of grass or land that forms a kind of shelf above or along a river, train tracks, or highway. Some berms are a natural feature of the landscape, while others are man made. A berm can form a barrier between two spaces, and when the word is used in a military context it means a defensive wall of sorts. It comes from an Old Dutch root, baerm, "edge of a dike."

Definitions of berm

n a narrow ledge or shelf typically at the top or bottom of a slope

Type of:
ledge, shelf
a projecting ridge on a mountain or submerged under water

n a narrow edge of land (usually unpaved) along the side of a road

hard shoulder
a paved strip beside a motorway (for stopping in emergencies)
Type of:
the outside limit of an object or area or surface; a place farthest away from the center of something

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