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[gey-bee-uh n] /ˈgeɪ bi ən/
a cylinder of wickerwork filled with earth, used as a military defense.
a metal cylinder filled with stones and sunk in water, used in laying the foundations of a dam or jetty.
Origin of gabion
1570-80; < Middle French: rough, two-handled basket < Italian gabbione, augmentative of gabbia cage < Latin cavea cavity, cage Unabridged
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Examples from the web for gabion
  • Required suitable fill will be placed behind the gabion baskets.
  • The proposed work will involve removal of the unstable material and placement of gabion baskets to buttress the hillside.
  • The preferred alternative selected is a porous gabion barrier.
  • Work consists of installation of gabion baskets and riprap bedding.
  • gabion is a series of wire baskets filled with rock.
  • The area on which the gabion is to be installed shall be graded as shown on the drawings.
  • Block gabion revetments are formed by stacking the individual gabion blocks in a stepped fashion.
British Dictionary definitions for gabion


a cylindrical metal container filled with stones, used in the construction of underwater foundations
a wickerwork basket filled with stones or earth, used (esp formerly) as part of a fortification
Word Origin
C16: from French: basket, from Italian gabbione, from gabbia cage, from Latin cavea; see cage
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