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[ri-vet-muh nt]
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  1. a facing of masonry or the like, especially for protecting an embankment.
  2. an ornamental facing, as on a common masonry wall, of marble, face brick, tiles, etc.
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Origin of revetment

From the French word revêtement, dating back to 1765–75. See revet, -ment
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Related Words for revetment

front, siding, surface, covering, revetment, abutment, bulwark, embankment, bulkhead

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British Dictionary definitions for revetment


  1. a facing of stones, sandbags, etc, to protect a wall, embankment, or earthworks
  2. another name for retaining wall
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Word Origin for revetment

C18: from French revêtement literally: a reclothing, from revêtir; see revest
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Word Origin and History for revetment


1779, from French revêtement, Old French revestiment, from revestir (Modern French revêtir), from Late Latin revestire "to clothe again," from re- (see re-) + Latin vestire "to clothe" (see vest (v.)).

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