1An embankment built to prevent the overflow of a river.‘Construction of levees and embankments prevents the floodplain from performing this function and transfers the problem further downstream to areas which were not subject to flooding.’
barrage, barrier, wall, embankment, levee, barricade, obstruction, hindrance, blockage
- ‘Engineers determined that the levees bordering the Mississippi River as it passes through the city were sufficient to withstand any surge produced by an SPH.’
- ‘Yet the marketplace remained relatively calm, appreciating that the authorities were apparently still operating on the dykes, dams and levees up the river.’
- ‘The authorities began working frantically up the river, using whatever materials and means available to construct dykes, dams and levees.’
- ‘He and 15 neighbors were stranded at his house for two days after the city's levees broke.’
- ‘They were watching the TV news as the canal levee was breached again, flooding their neighbourhood anew.’
- ‘Hurricane Katrina put a boat upside down in a New Orleans resident's front yard after the protective levees broke.’
- ‘Damaged levees have been repaired, and pumping of the remaining water continues.’
- ‘Sandbag by sandbag it's slow progress fixing the broken levees of New Orleans.’
- ‘Emergency workers are desperately trying to fix the broken levees in New Orleans tonight.’
- ‘Do they allow people in low-lying neighborhoods where the old levees were breached to build again?’
- ‘A lot of folks are working hard to repair that levee.’
- ‘The immediate storm surge didn't overtop the levees.’
- ‘Everybody knew those levees were built to sustain a Category 2 at most.’
- ‘Now America has had to pay the price for ignoring loud warnings about the weakened levees of New Orleans.’
- ‘The Senate debated adding funds for fixing levees, but it was too late.’
- ‘The storm overpowered levees protecting the region, producing floods 20 feet high.’
- ‘Pumps would fail if the storm surge of up to 25 feet overwhelmed the city's levees.’
- ‘The vice president, now in New Orleans, inspected flood damage and the damaged levees.’
- ‘Water flowing from the damaged levee near Lake Pontchartrain could have equally catastrophic effects, only unfolding more slowly.’
- 1.1A ridge of sediment deposited naturally alongside a river by overflowing water.‘Marshland, containing cattails, bulrushes, and other reeds, would have been limited to the borders of the wooded ridges of levees, where the water level was consistently below the surface.’
- ‘Transects were separated by 50 paces and most transects extended entirely over the attenuated crown of the natural levee of each forest avoiding any noticeable elevation gradient.’
- ‘Yet as the levees channeled the water, they also kept fresh soil carried by the muddy Mississippi from replenishing the sediments that made up the lowlands.’
- ‘Portions of these protected lands still support forests on remnant natural levees, similar to those studied by Penfound and Howard.’
- ‘It was obvious, even in the 1950s, that the sediments of the historic spring floods no longer reached their natural resting grounds in levees, swamps, and marshes.’
- ‘Sediment escaping from the channel during overbank flooding builds levees bordering the channel, and sheets of sand spread from the channels as crevasse splays.’
- ‘However, forests behind the levees, which we hereafter refer to as backwater swamps, are flooded only when the river level rises high enough for floodwaters to flow over the natural levees.’
- ‘High water can cover all these subtle topographies, but a swamp veteran like Charlie, or any local crawfisherman, will know when he's passing over a drowned waterway, or crossing a natural levee.’
- 1.2North American A landing place; a quay.
- ‘The men created a world of their own on the docks, levees, plantation landings, city quays, and steamboat decks of the Mississippi River economy.’
- 1.3US A ridge of earth surrounding a field to be irrigated.
- ‘Rice fields were surrounded and divided by a series of embankments or levees.’
Early 18th century (originally US): from French levée, feminine past participle of lever ‘to lift’.
1North American archaic A formal reception of visitors or guests.‘the great stop on the Washington social circuit was the diplomat's levee’
- ‘In other words, he was responsible for formal receptions - known as levees - and dinners.’
- 1.1historical An afternoon assembly for men held by the British monarch or their representative.
- ‘he was presented at one of Prince Albert's levees in 1850’
- 1.2archaic A reception of visitors just after rising from bed.social gathering, gathering, social occasion, social event, social function, function, get-together, celebration, reunion, festivity, jamboree, reception, at-home, soirée, social
Late 17th century (denoting a reception of visitors after rising from bed) : from French levé, variant of lever ‘rising’, from the verb lever.