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Berm, Berme (?), n. [F. berme, of German origin; cf. G. brame, brame, 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.


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