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[usually treated as singular] The branch of science concerned with the properties and behaviour of soil as they affect its use in civil engineering.
- ‘Expanding specialist areas of applied geology have included hydrogeology, soil mechanics, rock mechanics, and engineering geology.’
- ‘Over the next twenty years he was posted to a variety of different places where he was involved in engineering, in structural design, fortifications, soil mechanics, and many other areas.’
- ‘Work was under the supervision of Dr. E. Farrell, Senior Lecturer in soil mechanics and hydraulics at the University of Dublin.’
- ‘It's actually the cradle of soil mechanics and foundation engineering in many respects with some of the older structures in that city, dating back to the 19th century.’
- ‘In this work, the percolation approach is used for explaining the behavior phenomenon of soil consolidation, one of the many phenomena encountered in soil mechanics.’
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