Definition of retaining wall in English:

retaining wall

noun

  • A wall that holds back earth or water.

    • ‘On a hillside, the extended terrace would be supported by retaining walls.’
    • ‘Faced with an acute shortage of labour at the end of the 1960s, along with escalating costs, growers began to look for alternatives to the tiny, step-like terraces built with high retaining walls in the 19th century.’
    • ‘When they made Stanners Street, they constructed retaining walls, built the building and back-filled the whole thing with clay.’
    • ‘The walls, when constructed, were retaining walls along a road to hold up the slope that would lead to the wall to stop things falling onto the road.’
    • ‘Exquisitely poised in space, the pool is a tranquil, glassy mirror, reflecting a luxuriant green wall of bamboo sprouting above the retaining wall.’
    • ‘As an integral structural element, the spine wall provided the western wall for buildings on the lower terrace and a retaining wall for fill supporting buildings on the upper terrace.’
    • ‘As an alternative to simply tossing them in landfills, old railroad ties are commonly used around the home as landscaping barriers and retaining walls.’
    • ‘A large retaining wall forms the northern or back wall of the building.’
    • ‘The wall he happened to hit was the primary retaining wall for the entire building.’
    • ‘Gardeners in search of ideas for inventive hardscapes will savor one-of-a-kind terraces, staircases, and retaining walls.’
    • ‘After grading, stone or wood retaining walls can be used to retain the soil around the edge of the undisturbed area.’
    • ‘Tom and his engineer, Jay Taylor, came up with a design that uses a series of giant trusses anchored into massive concrete retaining walls and the sea wall itself.’
    • ‘To get in, you descend through a stair wedged in the cleft between the two retaining walls, to emerge in the tranquillity of the courtyard below.’
    • ‘On the north side, a retaining wall wraps protectively around the chapel, diverting water that undermined the foundations of the original church.’
    • ‘Enclosed by hefty stone retaining walls, the terraces are transformed into strips of garden, with horticultural tools neatly stashed in a storage area underneath the studio.’
    • ‘Landscaping is very thoughtful, with retaining walls and terraces cut with almost Inca sensitivity and precision into the arid slopes.’
    • ‘The room's eastern wall is a single-faced retaining wall supporting dense stone fill behind it on the east.’
    • ‘The number of bricks used for the huge retaining walls through which railways entered towns and cities is incalculable.’
    • ‘Little now survives beyond the well-built retaining walls, reinforced by a series of semicircular niches, and three towers, one of which is considered to have been a lighthouse.’
    • ‘Vineyard terraces are supported by small retaining walls known as feixes, made with the stones picked up during the initial weeding out of the land prior to cultivation.’

Pronunciation

retaining wall

/rəˈtāniNG/