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A mixture of cement, sand, and water applied through a pressure hose, producing a dense hard layer of concrete used in building for lining tunnels and structural repairs.
- ‘I am planning to have a swimming pool built and have been told that there is a difference in strength and durability between shotcrete and gunite.’
- ‘Ask most American swimming-pool contractors to build a backyard pool and chances are they'll roll out a long list of goods, including rebar, gunite, fiberglass, chlorine and an energy-sapping filtration system.’
- ‘An identifying phrase that probably Goss himself inscribed on the photograph identifies the white substance as gunite, a solution of cement and water used as a finisher.’
Early 20th century: from gun + -ite.
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