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Berme

Berm \Berm\ Berme \Berme\, n. [F. berme, of German origin; cf. G. brame, br["a]me, border, akin to E. brim.]

  1. (Fort.) A narrow shelf or path between the bottom of a parapet and the ditch.

  2. (Engineering) A ledge at the bottom of a bank or cutting, to catch earth that may roll down the slope, or to strengthen the bank.