Definition of revetment in English:


Syllabification: re·vet·ment
Pronunciation: /riˈvetmənt


  • 1(Especially in fortification) a retaining wall or facing of masonry or other material, supporting or protecting a rampart, wall, etc..
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    • Many embankments, timber revetments and masonry river walls from the 10th to the 15th centuries were recovered, and tonnes of artefacts retrieved.
    • He spearheaded a campaign to clean up the area by building a revetment filled with dredged material and other waste products.
    • Numerous breached walls and revetments, for example, bear witness to rushing water as distinct from long-term soil erosion.
  • 1.1A barricade of earth or sandbags set up to provide protection from blast or to prevent planes from overrunning when landing.
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    • The aircraft is shown leaving the sand bag revetments at Kimpo Airfield in South Korea.
    • Aircraft revetments were built out of wood and metal and filled with the abundant sand found all over the base.
    • The crew chief gave me the usual pat on the head - the good luck sign - buttoned the canopy, slid off the wing waving me out of the revetment.


late 18th century: from French revêtement, from the verb revêtir (see revet).

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