rip rapping

riprap

[rip-rap]
noun
1.
a quantity of broken stone for foundations, revetments of embankments, etc.
2.
a foundation or wall of stones thrown together irregularly.
verb (used with object), riprapped, riprapping.
3.
to construct with or strengthen by stones, either loose or fastened with mortar.

Origin:
1570–80; gradational reduplication of rap1

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