retaining wall

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n retaining wall a wall that is built to resist lateral pressure (especially a wall built to prevent the advance of a mass of earth)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Retaining wall (Arch. & Engin) a wall built to keep any movable backing, or a bank of sand or earth, in its place; -- called also retain wall.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Retaining wall a wall to prevent a bank from slipping down
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Quotations

  • Fawn M. Brodie
    Fawn M. Brodie
    “Housework is a breeze. Cooking is a pleasant diversion. Putting up a retaining wall is a lark. But teaching is like climbing a mountain.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. retinērere-, back, tenēre, to hold.

Usage

In literature:

The terrace was faced by a retaining wall of coursed masonry, nearly 10 ft. in thickness.
"Architecture" by Thomas Roger Smith
It now retains only four; two within the walls, and two in the suburbs.
"Architectural Antiquities of Normandy" by John Sell Cotman
Another of the wall-towers near at hand still retains the staircase by which it was ascended.
"The Shores of the Adriatic" by F. Hamilton Jackson
Nevertheless, when Adelle looked for him the next Monday morning his was not among the faces of the men at work on the lofty retaining wall.
"Clark's Field" by Robert Herrick
The eastern boundary of this area is marked by a retaining wall that runs parallel with the river.
"Nor Iron Bars a Cage...." by Gordon Randall Garrett
Just a little powder behind the retaining wall, and the whole bank would fall and choke the weir.
"The Vision of Elijah Berl" by Frank Lewis Nason
The north transept is nearly perfect: the south retains only its western wall, in which are two decorated windows.
"The Poetical Works of William Wordsworth, Volume IV (of 8)" by William Wordsworth
Dylara, seated just behind the retaining wall of the arena, watched Tharn's broad back pass through the little doorway.
"Warrior of the Dawn" by Howard Carleton Browne
Here they found a heavy stone wall, like the retaining dike of a river.
"The Lost Warship" by Robert Moore Williams
Soon it would leap forth like the pent-up flood of some mighty reservoir whose retaining wall had crumbled into ruin.
"The Day of Wrath" by Louis Tracy
It has been completely excavated, and retains the whole of its external walls.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 4" by Various
And he built the retaining walls higher, so as to keep them from falling over.
"Sweethearts at Home" by S. R. Crockett
Tier after tier of stalls and terraced seats were packed against the retaining walls.
"Caravans By Night" by Harry Hervey
Along the edges of the retaining walls, which were very wide, many persons were walking.
"Fenn Masterson's Discovery" by Allen Chapman
Along its base is a sunken road, with retaining walls on either side.
"From Manassas to Appomattox" by James Longstreet
But what catches the eye of the visitor soonest and retains it longest, is the portraits on the walls.
"Nooks and Corners of the New England Coast" by Samuel Adams Drake
There will also be several examples of bridges and retaining walls of unusual dimensions.
"The Catholic World; Volume I, Issues 1-6" by E. Rameur
The place is surrounded by a vineclad, sandstone retaining wall, has a commanding view, and is well appointed within.
"Baraboo, Dells, and Devil's Lake Region" by H. E. Cole
It still retains its picturesque medieval town walls.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 15, Slice 3" by Various
The outer or somatic wall of the plates retains its previous simple constitution.
"The Works of Francis Maitland Balfour, Volume 1" by Francis Maitland Balfour
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In poetry:

I ween, that when the grave's dark wall
Did first her form retain,
They thought their hearts could ne'er recall
The light of joy again.
"Song" by Emily Jane Bronte

In news:

City to replace retaining wall around cemetery.
Developer Proposes Retaining Wall For Stalled Project.
We have been trying to convince our local public works officials to specify segmental retaining wall (SRW) blocks on an upcoming project.
Retaining wall s often are used to manage steep slopes in a landscape.
Retaining wall s are not limited to sloped yards, however.
Ellis marina retaining wall collapse.
Ellis marina retaining wall collapse Click to enlarge.
The state Adirondack Park Agency has approved the town of Harrietstown's plan to replace a retaining wall behind the town hall that was damaged during the spring 2011 flood.
The retaining wall along the side of the road is starting to fall, and that has officials concerned.
New Segmental Retaining Walls Design Manual Updates Methodologies.
New Segmental Retaining Walls Design Manual Updates Methodologies, Seamlessly Incorporates Supplemental Manuals.
0A motorcycle rider died Sunday afternoon after losing control of his bike, crashing and being thrown into a retaining wall.
A silver Toyota carrying an infant crashed into a retaining wall at 10th and Chestnut streets in Quincy.
Work to repair the retaining wall around the Jefferson County Courthouse on Tuesday.
Authorities say earth and rock retaining wall gave way.
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In science:

If the edges are retained but the cell walls are absent, an open-cell Voronoi tessellation results.
Elastic moduli of model random three-dimensional closed-cell cellular solids
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