retaining wall


a wall for holding in place a mass of earth or the like, as at the edge of a terrace or excavation.

Origin of retaining wall

First recorded in 1830–40
Also called breast wall.

Definition for breast wall (2 of 2)

breast wall

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retaining wall


a wall constructed to hold back earth, loose rock, etcAlso called: revetment

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