• WordNet 3.6
    • n revetment a facing (usually masonry) that supports an embankment
    • n revetment a barrier against explosives
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Revetment (Fort. & Engin) A facing of wood, stone, or any other material, to sustain an embankment when it receives a slope steeper than the natural slope; also, a retaining wall.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n revetment In fortification, a facing to a wall or bank. as of a scarp or parapet; a retaining wall (which see, under retaining). In permanent works the revetment is usually of masonry; in field-works it may be of sods, gabions, timber, hurdles, etc.
    • n revetment In civil engineering, a retaining wall or breastwall; also, any method of protecting banks or the sides of a cut to preserve them from erosion, as the sheathing of a river-bank with mats, screens, or mattresses.
    • n revetment In architecture, any facing of stone, metal, or wood over a less sightly or durable substance or construction.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Revetment a retaining wall, a facing of stone, wood, &c
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. revêtement, the lining of a ditch, fr. revêtir, to clothe, L. revestire,. See Revest (v. t.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. revêtir, to reclothe.


In literature:

The levee is the crowning work of bank revetment, although not necessarily in immediate connection.
"Life On The Mississippi, Part 9." by Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
They were employed in the making of osier-revetement two metres high for the trenches.
"Out To Win" by Coningsby Dawson
The walls of Esar-haddon's palace were composed, in the usual way, of sun-dried bricks, reveted with slabs of alabaster.
"The Seven Great Monarchies Of The Ancient Eastern World, Vol 2. (of 7): Assyria" by George Rawlinson
In every case there was at least a revetement of kiln-dried brick, while the grander buildings were wholly constructed of it.
"The Seven Great Monarchies Of The Ancient Eastern World, Vol 4. (of 7): Babylon" by George Rawlinson
Revetment walls may be overturned by placing the charges at the back of the wall, about one-third or one-quarter of the way up from the base.
"Elements of Military Art and Science" by Henry Wager Halleck
I darted to and fro, tripping over tent-ropes and dashing up against revetments.
"Combed Out" by Fritz August Voigt
These fire bays, which were all numbered, had firing platforms made of wood or well-revetted sandbags.
"The Story of the "9th King's" in France" by Enos Herbert Glynne Roberts
The pyramid was then a dummy, made of rubble within a revetment of heavy flint nodules, which was faced with fine limestone.
"History Of Egypt, Chaldæa, Syria, Babylonia, And Assyria In The Light Of Recent Discovery" by L.W. King and H.R. Hall
During the next six days we were worked harder than we had been worked before, digging, carrying, and trench revetting.
"The Fifth Leicestershire" by J.D. Hills
Tins of both are heaped in the trenches; sometimes they are used for building dug-outs and filling revetements.
"The Red Horizon" by Patrick MacGill

In news:

Maui Planning Commission members reviewed plans this week for construction of a sloping rock revetment to protect the Hololani Resort Condominiums from erosion in Kahana.
The East Hampton Zoning Board of Appeals is considering an application to tear down and rebuild a house on Mulford Lane in Amagansett, along with the construction of a rock revetment to prevent further erosion.

In science:

Grothendieck, Revˆetement ´etales et groupe fondamental.
Geometric structures on fields
R´esum´e (Sur les revˆetements des vari´et´es ab´eliennes simples ). — `A tout revˆetement fini f : Y → X de degr´e d entre vari´et´es pro jectives lisses complexes, on associe un fibr´e vectoriel Ef de rang d − 1 sur X dont l’espace total contient Y .
On coverings of simple abelian varieties
Grothendieck et al.: Revˆetements ´etales et groupe fondamental.
Singularities appearing on generic fibers of morphisms between smooth schemes
Kr¨amer H, Niem¨oller M, Amouyal M, Revet B, von Wilcken-Bergmann B, et al. (1987) Lac repressor forms loops with linear DNA carrying two suitably spaced lac operators.
Concentration and Length Dependence of DNA Looping in Transcriptional Regulation
Revˆetements de la droite affine en caract´eristique p > 0 et conjecture d’abhyankar.
Tchebotarev theorems for function fields