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1. A bay or baylike shape.
2. The formation of a bay.


a shape resembling a bay


(ɛmˈbeɪ mənt)

a bay or baylike formation.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.embayment - an indentation of a shoreline larger than a cove but smaller than a gulfembayment - an indentation of a shoreline larger than a cove but smaller than a gulf
bight - a broad bay formed by an indentation in the shoreline; "the Bight of Benin"; "the Great Australian Bight"
body of water, water - the part of the earth's surface covered with water (such as a river or lake or ocean); "they invaded our territorial waters"; "they were sitting by the water's edge"
Guantanamo Bay - an inlet of the Caribbean Sea; a United States naval station was established on the bay in 1903
sea - a division of an ocean or a large body of salt water partially enclosed by land
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The Mississippi Embayment holds heavy mineral (HM) placer deposits, which contain REE.
Approval was granted for expansion on a permit issued in 2000, which will allow for additional barge fleeting, cleaning and minor repairs to be conducted at the company's site in an embayment along the Ohio River between Marine Builders and Eagle Steel.
2.4 Ga) 'Cobalt Embayment'; it was much later reactivated during regional extension related to the breakup of Rodinia and Pangea (Barosh 1990; Mazzotti 2007) and during compression related to various Appalachian orogenies (Kumarapeli and Saul 1966; Dix and Molgat 1998).
said Tuesday it will take part in major Canadian energy firm Penn West Energy Trust's shale gas development project in the Cordova embayment in British Columbia.
Male (Figure 7i) with a postabdomen about three times as long as wide, slightly tapering distally; lateral fascicles with distal spinules reaching just over the dorsal margin, marginal denticles fine, not clearly grouped; small basal spine on basal claw, not longer than a third of the width of this claw at base (Figure 7i), which is shorter than anal margin; gonopores open subterminally and ventrally at some distance from basal claw, not on a projection, nor a strong embayment. Dorsodistal angle of male postabdomen not protruding, preanal corner strongly developed and conical (Figure 7i).
The cleanup plan, one of three alternatives proposed to the public earlier this year, requires TVA to permanently store on site all of the ash being removed from the Swan Pond Embayment, which includes land and bodies of water adjacent to the TVA coal ash disposal area.
While seining a slack-water, sandy-bottom, shoreline embayment, we collected a smallmouth bass with a distended abdomen.
Izmir Bay is a long embayment situated along the eastern Aegean Sea.
He slows down for exciting bits, such as the initial construction of the southeastern US, the rising up of the Appalachian and Ouachita Mountains, and the formation of the Mississippi Embayment. The climax comes in the winter of 1811-12, with the mysterious great earthquakes of New Madrid, Missouri that tore up the Mississippi River Valley.
The Amundsen Sea Embayment, one of the three major ice drainage basins of the West Antarctic ice sheet, is also causing concern.
The plain is divided into three parts: the Mississippi River Delta in the southern half of Louisiana; the Mississippi embayment on the western side of the river, stretching from southeastern Missouri to eastern Arkansas and northern Louisiana; and the Mississippi Delta on the east bank in northwest Mississippi.