a wall for holding in place a mass of earth or the like, as at the edge of a terrace or excavation.
- Also called breast wall.
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How to use retaining wall in a sentence
I was on a night run once in the neighborhood where I grew up, and showed off for some porch-sitters by leaping onto and off of a retaining wall, tramping through what I thought were rhododendrons before going back to the pavement.
Marvin hops over the edge of his retaining wall, which he built.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile | Robert Ward | January 3, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
Excavations have shown that Eridu was protected by a retaining wall of sandstone, of which material many of its houses were made.Myths of Babylonia and Assyria | Donald A. Mackenzie
As the last good-night was spoken Helen sought mechanically the low retaining wall against which she had so often rested.
He stumbled rather than walked to the retaining wall, and rested against it for support.
A couch had been placed near the retaining wall, so that he could rest upon it whenever he felt fatigued.
The altar of Zeus consists of a great mound of ashes with a retaining wall.
British Dictionary definitions for retaining wall
a wall constructed to hold back earth, loose rock, etc: Also called: revetment
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