Definition of revetment in English:

Share this entry


Pronunciation: /rɪˈvɛtm(ə)nt/


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 aircraft 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).

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.