Definition of revetment in English:

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Pronunciation: /rəˈvetmənt/


1(Especially in fortification) a retaining wall or facing of masonry or other material, supporting or protecting a rampart, wall, etc.
Example sentences
  • 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.
Example sentences
  • 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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Syllabification: re·vet·ment

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