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Meaning of LEVEE

Pronunciation:  'levee

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  a barrier constructed to contain the flow of water or to keep out the sea

LEVEE is a 5 letter word that starts with L.


 Synonyms: dam, dike, dyke
 See Also: Aswan Dam, Aswan High Dam, barrier, High Dam, Hoover Dam, milldam, weir



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Lev"ee\ (l[e^]v"[-e]; often l[e^]v*[=e]" in U. S.), n.
    [F. lever, fr. lever to raise, se lever to rise. See {Lever},
    1. The act of rising. `` The sun's levee.'' --Gray.
    2. A morning assembly or reception of visitors, -- in
       distinction from a {soir['e]e}, or evening assembly; a
       {matin['e]e}; hence, also, any general or somewhat
       miscellaneous gathering of guests, whether in the daytime
       or evening; as, the president's levee.
    Note: In England a ceremonious day reception, when attended
          by both ladies and gentlemen, is called a
  2. \Lev"ee\, v. t.
    To attend the levee or levees of.
          He levees all the great.                 --Young.
  3. \Lev"ee\, n. [F. lev['e]e, fr. lever to raise. See
    {Lever}, and cf. {Levy}.]
    An embankment to prevent inundation; as, the levees along the
    Mississippi; sometimes, the steep bank of a river. [U. S.]
  4. \Lev"ee\, v. t.
    To keep within a channel by means of levees; as, to levee a
    river. [U. S.]
Biology Dictionary
  1. A natural or manmade feature of the landscape that restricts movement of water into or through an area.
    1. An embankment built along a river for flood protection.
    2. An embankment on or along the bank of a stream or lake to protect outer lowlands from inundation.
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