Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A layer of stones and rocks laying on the bottom of a sea or lake that provides the base for a pier or breakwater.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A mass of large stones thrown into water at random to form bases of piers, breakwaters, etc.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A mass of large stones thrown into the water to protect the outer face of a dike or breakwater, or a shore subject to encroachment of the sea.

Etymologies

en- + rock + -ment (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • If by any chance her forefoot should be thrust into one of the many gaps between the enrockment blocks, -- spaces from two to three feet wide, -- and her bow timbers thus take the shock, there was a living chance to save her.

    The Veiled Lady and Other Men and Women

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