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

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  • These frames were normally finished in silver and gold revetment, where every inch was meticulously embedded with patterns of holy ornamentation—crosses, diadems, faces, and so on.

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  • The white Learjet 45 touched down in Marseille and taxied to a revetment area near the General Aviation building.

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  • Seconds later his feet hit the ground and he was staring at the concrete revetment wall at the bottom.


  • It boasted an impressive five-meter-high concrete revetment skirt at the base.


  • The top of the revetment wall formed a tiny ledge at the base of the brick wall above.


  • The bricks that spill down to the ground will create a slope that will enable you to climb over the lower revetment wall and into the city.



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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