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retaining wall

a wall for holding in place a mass of earth or the like, as at the edge of a terrace or excavation.
Also called breast wall.
Origin of retaining wall
First recorded in 1830-40 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Against the breast wall the tide at the full lapped with a pleasant sound.

    Gilian The Dreamer Neil Munro
  • The beast whinnied in its pain, reared, and backed to the breast wall of the bay.

    Doom Castle Neil Munro
British Dictionary definitions for breast wall

retaining wall

a wall constructed to hold back earth, loose rock, etc Also called revetment
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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