Definition of revetment in English:



  • 1(especially in fortification) a retaining wall or facing of masonry or other material, supporting or protecting a rampart, wall, etc.

    • ‘Areas susceptible to wave attack and overtopping during storms were demarcated, and additional stone revetments were installed to stabilize the land.’
    • ‘Many embankments, timber revetments and masonry river walls from the 10th to the 15th centuries were recovered, and tonnes of artefacts retrieved.’
    • ‘The problem was first managed with a sea wall and revetments, and there have been several beach-nourishment projects at roughly 10-year intervals.’
    • ‘One of the key contentions in the Headlands proposal is the developer's request to build the 2100 foot long sea wall or revetment along Strands beach fronting the property.’
    • ‘The north section has a sea wall and a revetment.’
    • ‘The Dublin excavations are amongst the most informative in Europe for the development of successive waterfront quays and revetments.’
    • ‘He spearheaded a campaign to clean up the area by building a revetment filled with dredged material and other waste products.’
    • ‘Finally, 2.0 miles of existing rock revetments would be demolished on Tybee and 2.9 miles would be removed on Jekyll.’
    • ‘Eastwood Park remained a significant achievement for them, although its revetment wall meant that the area was not meant as beachfront land.’
    • ‘Jannic Durand's insightful essay, ‘Precious-Metal Icon Revetments,’ surveys surviving examples of metal revetments as well as those mentioned in church inventories.’
    • ‘Landscaped revetments will give the stream some curves, and irregularities on the streambed will create rips that, it is hoped, will make for a better fish habitat.’
    • ‘However, there have been many recent discoveries of vessel-fragments reused in timber revetments on the City of London's mile-long waterfront.’
    • ‘Wall painting marked out the various areas of the house and their functions; marble revetment largely replaced painted walls in the grand villas by the Hadrianic period.’
    • ‘Excavations between 1963 and 1965 demonstrated that the ramparts were composed of chalk rubble with timber revetments.’
    • ‘This layout suggest the presence on the site of a formerly old castle of the motte-and-bailey type, the curtains of the upper ward forms a sloping stone revetment of the motte.’
    • ‘Although extensive (and presumably fantastically expensive), the excavations revealed a story of only local interest, with Medieval and later expansion by Kingston upon Thames via a series of revetments into the river.’
    • ‘Stacking large slabs on one another against a spine of uprights within a revetment wall, seems a very effective way to create an illusion of a well built and solid cairn.’
    • ‘In his later description of the marble revetments, Hills gives a reciprocal sense of the abstract qualities of marble as liquid or molten.’
    • ‘After the flood, existing levees were rebuilt, extended, and reinforced with revetments.’
    • ‘Numerous breached walls and revetments, for example, bear witness to rushing water as distinct from long-term soil erosion.’
    cladding, veneer, skin, decorative layer, protective layer, surface, facade, front, fronting, false front, coating, covering, dressing, overlay, paving, lamination, inlay, plating
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    1. 1.1 A barricade of earth or sandbags set up to provide protection from blast or to prevent aircraft from overrunning when landing.
      • ‘I managed to get five - and also set fires in a fuel storage and ammunition storage revetment.’
      • ‘In 1997, an $80 million upgrade began with new hangars and revetment spaces being constructed.’
      • ‘I taxied into my revetment and was back by the tail taking a leak when the ambulance came by with the guy in it half sitting up, with a broken leg but otherwise feeling fine!’
      • ‘One involved the growing of vegetable gardens on the top of dirt revetments at the side of the hangars.’
      • ‘I later surmised, from the Turkish-military aircraft parked in the revetments, that this taxiway was for military aircraft with a short wingspan.’
      • ‘Arriving home, I taxied in and shut down in my revetment.’
      • ‘The news spread like a chill from revetment, to the ready room, to the tent camp on the hill.’
      • ‘Their vulnerability is such that in a combat zone, one must take near-heroic measures to protect them in hardened shelters or, at a minimum, in revetments.’
      • ‘The aircraft is shown leaving the sand bag revetments at Kimpo Airfield in South Korea.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Presently, it can support in revetments about 1,100 combat aircraft in the twenty-two airbases within 370 miles - that is, within striking distance - of Taiwan.’
      • ‘Unlike observing craters, collapsed areas, or other damage following attack on a revetment or runway, evaluating effects involves a wide range of considerations.’
      • ‘There were no steel shutters, no sandbags, never mind tank traps or revetments.’
      • ‘After de-briefing we were leaving the field and off to the left in Harrelson's revetment were three guys sitting in a semi-circle on upturned jerry cans, smoking cigarettes and glancing occasionally up at the northern sky.’
      • ‘Aircraft revetments were built out of wood and metal and filled with the abundant sand found all over the base.’
      • ‘We taxied from the revetment, swaying and lurching into our assigned spot in that pachydermal-like parade which always disappears, plane by plane, whenever a bomber group is launched into battle.’
      • ‘A truck came out to the revetment to take us back to the squadron headquarters' hangar for mission debriefing.’


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