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Face (a rampart, wall, etc.) with masonry, especially in fortification.‘sandbagged and revetted trenches’
- ‘It is in very good condition with a round cairn 8 m. in diameter revetted by a kerb of coarse walling, and a partially infilled chamber.’
- ‘Bligh felt bemused, standing in this trench with its perfectly revetted walls and neat dug-out bunkers.’
- ‘Was the first gneiss facade or the marble spoil wall revetted with stucco?’
- ‘Small postholes containing iron nails, early medieval potsherds and a silver coin of Ethelred II dating to 1010 suggested that the terraces had been revetted by posts.’
- ‘The garden level is about seven feet above that of the track; it ends, therefore, in a revetted wall and bank, the latter alive with daffodils and crocus, round which the drive coils up towards the house.’
- ‘Archaeological evidence seems to indicate that a quayside revetted in timber existed from the Middle Saxon period.’
- ‘Atkinson's trenches across the upper ledges make it clear that they had been revetted by posts with iron nails; a coin and pottery suggested a date soon after 1010 AD, and Atkinson believed the mound had been fortified against the Danes.’
- ‘The chaste but imposing exterior is revetted with a grid of limestone slabs and punctuated by broad wooden doors.’
- ‘The revetted fosse was on the map and if that had been twigged at the environmental impact assessment it would have saved a lot of grief.’
Early 19th century: from French revêtir, from late Latin revestire, from re- again + vestire clothe (from vestis clothing).
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