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retaining wall

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noun
  1. 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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Origin of retaining wall

First recorded in 1830–40
Also called breast wall.

breast wall

noun
  1. retaining wall.
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Historical Examples

  • 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


British Dictionary definitions for breast wall

retaining wall

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