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revetment

[ri-vet-muh nt] /rɪˈvɛt mənt/
noun
1.
a facing of masonry or the like, especially for protecting an embankment.
2.
an ornamental facing, as on a common masonry wall, of marble, face brick, tiles, etc.
Origin
1765-1775
1765-75; < French revêtement. See revet, -ment
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  • The lands needed to accommodate the revetment structure after construction will be substantially less than those described above.
  • The as-built drawing will tie the revetment structure to the pipeline centerline.
  • The revetment as constructed, curves along the northerly edge of the then mouth of the river.
British Dictionary definitions for revetment

revetment

/rɪˈvɛtmənt/
noun
1.
a facing of stones, sandbags, etc, to protect a wall, embankment, or earthworks
2.
another name for retaining wall
Word Origin
C18: from French revêtement literally: a reclothing, from revêtir; see revest
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Word Origin and History for revetment
n.

1779, from French revêtement, Old French revestiment, from revestir (Modern French revêtir), from Late Latin revestire "to clothe again," from re- (see re-) + Latin vestire "to clothe" (see vest (v.)).

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