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[trem-ee; French trey-mee] /ˈtrɛm i; French treɪˈmi/
noun, plural trémies
[trem-eez; French trey-mee] /ˈtrɛm iz; French treɪˈmi/ (Show IPA)
a funnellike device lowered into water to deposit concrete.
Origin of trémie
1900-05; < French: hopper < Latin trimodia three-peck measure, equivalent to tri- tri- + mod(ius) measure of grain + -ia -ia Unabridged
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  • The caisson was then filled with concrete through the tremie which was handled by a traveling crane.

    Concrete Construction Halbert P. Gillette
British Dictionary definitions for tremie


(civil engineering) a large metal hopper and pipe used to distribute freshly mixed concrete over an underwater site. The foot of the pipe is kept below the concrete level, while the upper level of the concrete in the pipe is kept above the water level to prevent the water diluting the concrete
Word Origin
C20: from French, from Italian tramoggia, from Latin trimodia a three-peck measure
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