Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A facing, as of masonry, used to support an embankment.
  • noun A barricade against explosives.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In fortification, a facing to a wall or bank. as of a scarp or parapet; a retaining wall (which see, under retaining).
  • noun 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.
  • noun In architecture, any facing of stone, metal, or wood over a less sightly or durable substance or construction.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Fort. & Engin.) 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 Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A layer of stone, concrete, or other hard material supporting the side of an embankment.
  • noun An armoured building that provides protection against bombs.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a barrier against explosives
  • noun a facing (usually masonry) that supports an embankment

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Examples

  • Commonly known as a revetment, the mini seawall would be made of concrete and rocks covered with vegetation.

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  • Commonly known as a revetment, the mini seawall would be made of concrete and rocks covered with vegetation.

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  • Commonly known as a revetment, the mini seawall would be made of concrete and rocks covered with vegetation.

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  • Commonly known as a revetment, the mini seawall would be made of concrete and rocks covered with vegetation.

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  • The last sentry in the forest was in the same kind of revetment as the pair had been.

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  • The $50 million to $100 million projection includes some kind of revetment project, or something to keep the sea from reclaiming the roadway in case of a smaller-scale storm.

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  • The $50 million to $100 million projection includes some kind of revetment project, or something to keep the sea from reclaiming the roadway in case of a smaller-scale storm.

    The Facts: News

  • The $50 million to $100 million projection includes some kind of revetment project, or something to keep the sea from reclaiming the roadway in case of a smaller-scale storm.

    The Facts: News

  • The $50 million to $100 million projection includes some kind of revetment project, or something to keep the sea from reclaiming the roadway in case of a smaller-scale storm.

    The Facts: News

  • The $50 million to $100 million projection includes some kind of revetment project, or something to keep the sea from reclaiming the roadway in case of a smaller-scale storm.

    The Facts: News

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  • Found in the poem 'Sea-Fret' by Robert Robertson from his collection Swithering

    'percussive waves

    crash and recoil

    at the base of the cliff,

    slow and attritional

    under the east salient,

    scathing the stone revetment'

    The poem describes a gun emplacement/fortification at Tynemouth Priory, so here the word carries echoes of both its meanings. Else where Robertson uses words echoing to tie the modern secular usage and the ancient religious usage of the site together. See Claustral

    December 6, 2006