re·​vet·​ment | \ ri-ˈvet-mənt How to pronounce revetment (audio) \

Definition of revetment

1 : a facing (as of stone or concrete) to sustain an embankment
2 : embankment especially : a barricade to provide shelter (as against bomb fragments or strafing)

Examples of revetment in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Levees and revetments, the reinforcements lining the banks, prevent the Mississippi from scouring its sides or gouging out sections of its floodplain. Tristan Baurick,, "Dredging, dams and other river controls starve places downriver of much-needed sediment," 15 June 2019 At high tide, waves crash against rock revetments along much of the city, leaving no dry beach left to walk on south of Tyson Street. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Oceanside to launch sand retention study," 13 Oct. 2019 The Coastal Commission generally frowns upon seawalls, revetments and groins. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Group faces uphill battle to get sand-retaining groins on Oceanside beaches," 7 July 2019 Armoring the coast by building seawalls, pilings and rock revetments is another strategy for adapting to sea-level rise. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Del Mar expects state to accept its rejection of managed retreat," 12 Aug. 2019 Modern revetments, made of concrete blocks bound with wire, are rolled out like sleeping bags along the river’s sides. Tristan Baurick,, "Creating a waterborne interstate for commerce: The River’s Revenge," 15 June 2019 The river made short work of these early revetments, tearing them up within a few years. Tristan Baurick,, "Creating a waterborne interstate for commerce: The River’s Revenge," 15 June 2019 The first bank protections, known as revetments, were woven willow and lumber frameworks. Tristan Baurick,, "Creating a waterborne interstate for commerce: The River’s Revenge," 15 June 2019 In the work known as revetment, little has changed since. The Washington Post,, "Taming the mighty Mississippi: Troubles run deep in changing national waterway," 17 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of revetment

1779, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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