ga·​bi·​on | \ ˈgā-bē-ən How to pronounce gabion (audio) , ˈga- How to pronounce gabion (audio) \

Definition of gabion

: a basket or cage filled with earth or rocks and used especially in building a support or abutment

Examples of gabion in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The park has gabion baskets — cage-like structures filled with rocks — down by the beach to prevent erosion, but those are failing. Emma Keith, Detroit Free Press, "Historic wedding spot at state park could plunge into Lake Michigan," 11 Sep. 2019 Some of the debris includes rocks, trees, and gabions, which are wire cages filled with rocks for engineering purposes. Laura Bednar,, "Independence works to rectify flooding complaints throughout the city," 24 Aug. 2019 The fence line to the yard is clearly custom-made — a pattern of gabion and sculpted iron. Amy Pennington, The Seattle Times, "A couple’s Rainier Beach garden is a place of creativity, vision and function," 19 May 2019 Architects have responded with design changes, such as minimizing wood on the exterior, eliminating crawl spaces and using los of stones and gabion walls in landscaping. Nancy Keates, WSJ, "A Modern Second-Home Retreat for Seattle’s Tech Elite," 19 Sep. 2018 To separate the outdoor courtyard from the parking area, the architects created a gabion wall — a fence-like steel cage filled with broken bricks and planted with vines. Tim Mckeough, New York Times, "TriBeCa, by Way of Venice Beach," 19 Dec. 2017 The bags are placed into steel mesh boxes called gabion baskets. Drew Broach,, "Donald Trump to visit Louisiana on Saturday," 28 Aug. 2017 Hunky architectural elements — like gabion walls, and a trellis with heavy posts and beam — draw the eye while creating shelter and privacy. Valerie Easton, The Seattle Times, "What’s new, what’s next in Lorene Edwards Forkner’s garden," 19 July 2017

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First Known Use of gabion

1544, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gabion

borrowed from Middle French, borrowed from Italian gabbione, from gabbia "cage" (going back to Latin cavea) + -one, augmentative suffix (going back to Latin -ō, -ōn-, suffix of nouns denoting persons with a prominent feature) — more at cage entry 1

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“Gabion.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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