- a facing of masonry or the like, especially for protecting an embankment.
- an ornamental facing, as on a common masonry wall, of marble, face brick, tiles, etc.
Origin of revetment
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The Chinamen come out of their houses and stand on the revetment to watch us pass.The Unveiling of Lhasa
The pyramid was then a dummy, made of rubble within a revetment of heavy flint nodules, which was faced with fine limestone.History Of Egypt, Chalda, Syria, Babylonia, And Assyria In The Light Of Recent Discovery
L.W. King and H.R. Hall
The nature of the soil was such that revetment was of little avail.The History of the 51st (Highland) Division 1914-1918
Frederick William Bewsher
Above and below there was a revetment of a few hundred feet; except this, the beach and river bank were in their natural state.
The flood abated on April 20th, after having been five feet, ten inches above the revetment wall.
- a facing of stones, sandbags, etc, to protect a wall, embankment, or earthworks
- another name for retaining wall
C18: from French revêtement literally: a reclothing, from revêtir; see revest
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Word Origin and History for revetment
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