a wall for holding in place a mass of earth or the like, as at the edge of a terrace or excavation.
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- retained object complement,
- retained testis,
- retaining ring,
Origin of retaining wall
First recorded in 1830–40
Also called breast wall.
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The breast-wall of the whole to be on a line, and to be eighteen inches above ground.The different modes of cultivating the pine-apple|John Claudius Loudon
a wall constructed to hold back earth, loose rock, etcAlso called: revetment
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