embayment

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

em- +‎ bay +‎ -ment

Noun[edit]

embayment (plural embayments)

  1. A bay. (the water)
    • 1979, Cormac McCarthy, Suttree, Random House, p.121:
      The path climbed along a wall of purple sandstone above an embayment and in the sunlit shadows below him he could see the long cataphracted forms of gars lying in a kind of electric repose among the reeds.
  2. The shoreline of a bay, an indentation in a shoreline. (the land, not the water)
  3. A topographical feature that used to be a bay, like the Mississippi embayment.
  4. The process by which a bay is formed.