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riprap

[rip-rap] /ˈrɪpˌræp/
noun
1.
a quantity of broken stone for foundations, revetments of embankments, etc.
2.
a foundation or wall of stones thrown together irregularly.
verb (used with object), riprapped, riprapping.
3.
to construct with or strengthen by stones, either loose or fastened with mortar.
Origin of riprap
1570-1580
1570-80; gradational reduplication of rap1
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  • They rode to where the forces assembled by Lance were throwing up embankments and riprapping.

    Whispering Smith Frank H. Spearman
  • And those fellows over there might as well be making mud pies as riprapping at that point.

    Whispering Smith Frank H. Spearman
  • The riprapping was merely a skin on each face with more or less loose spauls mixed with the earth.

    The Johnstown Horror James Herbert Walker

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