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retaining wall

a wall for holding in place a mass of earth or the like, as at the edge of a terrace or excavation.
Also called breast wall.
Origin of retaining wall
1830-40 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Then a retaining wall will be built along the route of a temporary track leading to the station.
  • But the project will need a retaining wall to hold back the edge of the new terrace.
  • The processes outlined below apply to the construction of a retaining wall.
  • Land where retaining wall is to be built will be pre-prepared.
British Dictionary definitions for retaining wall

retaining wall

a wall constructed to hold back earth, loose rock, etc Also called revetment
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