A narrow ledge or shelf, as along the top or bottom of a slope. Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana,& West Virginia The shoulder of a road. A raised bank or path, especially the bank of a canal opposite the towpath. A nearly horizontal or landward-sloping portion of a beach, formed by the deposition of sediment by storm waves. A mound or bank of earth, used especially as a barrier or to provide insulation. The flat space between the edge of a ditch and the base of a fortification.