Meaning of “earthwork” in the English Dictionary

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"earthwork" in British English

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earthworknoun [ C usually plural ]

uk /ˈɜːθ.wɜːk/ us /ˈɝːθ.wɝrk/

Examples from literature

  • Not far from where the boys landed they discovered the time-worn earthworks of what had once been the old fort. 
  • The city of Boston was girdled by rapidly increasing earthworks. 
  • The gun-boats threw heavy shells into the fort and behind the earthworks all night, keeping the enemy awake and anxious. 
  • The spot chosen was levelled, a strong earthwork was erected round it, and then the surrounding ground was removed. 
  • We were sitting, the three of us, in a slanting fashion with our backs to the earthworks of the trench. 

(Definition of “earthwork” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)