from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A facing, as of masonry, used to support an embankment.
- n. A barricade against explosives.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A layer of stone, concrete, or other hard material supporting the side of an embankment.
- n. An armoured building that provides protection against bombs.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A facing of wood, stone, or any other material, to sustain an embankment when it receives a slope steeper than the natural slope; also, a retaining wall.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In fortification, a facing to a wall or bank. as of a scarp or parapet; a retaining wall (which see, under retaining).
- n. In civil engineering, a retaining wall or breastwall; also, any method of protecting banks or the sides of a cut to preserve them from erosion, as the sheathing of a river-bank with mats, screens, or mattresses.
- n. In architecture, any facing of stone, metal, or wood over a less sightly or durable substance or construction.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a barrier against explosives
- n. a facing (usually masonry) that supports an embankment
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