re·​vet·​ment ri-ˈvet-mənt How to pronounce revetment (audio)
: a facing (as of stone or concrete) to sustain an embankment
: embankment
especially : a barricade to provide shelter (as against bomb fragments or strafing)

Examples of revetment in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The California Coastal Commission has long supported replenishment efforts, but generally opposed the construction of hardened structures such as rock revetments and groins to keep the sand in place. Phil Diehl, San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 Nov. 2023 The commission originally authorized the construction of the rock wall, also known as a revetment, in 1978 at the rear of 19 homes north and south of the western end of Marron Street. Phil Diehl, San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 Oct. 2023 Like all of South Oceanside’s beaches, the shoreline is badly eroded and the revetment protects private property from high tides, big surf and storm surges. Phil Diehl, San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 Oct. 2023 Experiments involving combined mangrove-rock revetments are underway at Kranji Coastal Nature Park, near the wetland reserve, and Pulau Hantu, an island off the southern coast. TIME, 10 Oct. 2023 At high tide, the surf crashes on rock revetments protecting seaside homes in most of south Oceanside. Phil Diehl, San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 Sep. 2023 Without stretches of sand to separate their homes from the lake, residents in the Indiana town of 1,200 are seeking to build revetments, or stone retaining walls that break the waves. Chicago Tribune Staff, Chicago Tribune, 31 July 2023 Each revetment appears built to only accommodate fighters ready to fly, with maintenance, arming, and fueling taking place somewhere else; in other words, the base is certainly bigger than what is actually shown. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 10 Feb. 2023 Save the Dunes said both the National Park Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have opposed the revetment because of its potential effect on Indiana Dunes National Park, which surrounds Ogden Dunes. Tim Zorn, Chicago Tribune, 26 June 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1779, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of revetment was in 1779

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“Revetment.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

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