retaining wall


noun

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.
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Related Words for retaining wall

abutment, bulwark, embankment, bulkhead, revetment

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British Dictionary definitions for retaining wall

retaining wall

noun

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