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retaining wall

noun
1.
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
1830-1840
First recorded in 1830-40
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  • If the Terrace is at the outer side next the street, a perpendicular, mason-work, retaining wall may be constructed.

  • That there was a mass of sand laid over the tomb is strongly shown by the retaining wall around the top.

  • And remember, always in retaining walls to give plenty of batter; never build an upright wing-wall, or retaining wall.

  • The terrace structure has been substituted by a uniform slope with a retaining wall below.

    The House of the Lord James E. Talmage
  • Rick thought the row of rocks probably constituted a retaining wall, so that made it a terrace instead of a meadow.

    The Golden Skull John Blaine
  • The meadow ran perhaps a hundred and fifty feet from the road to the base of a retaining wall.

    The Golden Skull John Blaine
  • Dylara, seated just behind the retaining wall of the arena, watched Tharn's broad back pass through the little doorway.

    Warrior of the Dawn Howard Carleton Browne
  • Armed priests, stationed at the upper edge of the retaining wall, began to move uneasily among the seats to restore order.

    Warrior of the Dawn Howard Carleton Browne
  • He stumbled rather than walked to the retaining wall, and rested against it for support.

    The Spell William Dana Orcutt
British Dictionary definitions for retaining wall

retaining wall

noun
1.
a wall constructed to hold back earth, loose rock, etc Also called revetment
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