Definition of revetment in US English:



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

    • ‘Excavations between 1963 and 1965 demonstrated that the ramparts were composed of chalk rubble with timber revetments.’
    • ‘He spearheaded a campaign to clean up the area by building a revetment filled with dredged material and other waste products.’
    • ‘The north section has a sea wall and a revetment.’
    • ‘Eastwood Park remained a significant achievement for them, although its revetment wall meant that the area was not meant as beachfront land.’
    • ‘After the flood, existing levees were rebuilt, extended, and reinforced with revetments.’
    • ‘Many embankments, timber revetments and masonry river walls from the 10th to the 15th centuries were recovered, and tonnes of artefacts retrieved.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In his later description of the marble revetments, Hills gives a reciprocal sense of the abstract qualities of marble as liquid or molten.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘However, there have been many recent discoveries of vessel-fragments reused in timber revetments on the City of London's mile-long waterfront.’
    • ‘The Dublin excavations are amongst the most informative in Europe for the development of successive waterfront quays and revetments.’
    • ‘The problem was first managed with a sea wall and revetments, and there have been several beach-nourishment projects at roughly 10-year intervals.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Numerous breached walls and revetments, for example, bear witness to rushing water as distinct from long-term soil erosion.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Finally, 2.0 miles of existing rock revetments would be demolished on Tybee and 2.9 miles would be removed on Jekyll.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Areas susceptible to wave attack and overtopping during storms were demarcated, and additional stone revetments were installed to stabilize the land.’
    • ‘Jannic Durand's insightful essay, ‘Precious-Metal Icon Revetments,’ surveys surviving examples of metal revetments as well as those mentioned in church inventories.’
    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 planes from overrunning when landing.
      • ‘Unlike observing craters, collapsed areas, or other damage following attack on a revetment or runway, evaluating effects involves a wide range of considerations.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In 1997, an $80 million upgrade began with new hangars and revetment spaces being constructed.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I later surmised, from the Turkish-military aircraft parked in the revetments, that this taxiway was for military aircraft with a short wingspan.’
      • ‘The aircraft is shown leaving the sand bag revetments at Kimpo Airfield in South Korea.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Aircraft revetments were built out of wood and metal and filled with the abundant sand found all over the base.’
      • ‘A truck came out to the revetment to take us back to the squadron headquarters' hangar for mission debriefing.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The news spread like a chill from revetment, to the ready room, to the tent camp on the hill.’
      • ‘There were no steel shutters, no sandbags, never mind tank traps or revetments.’
      • ‘I managed to get five - and also set fires in a fuel storage and ammunition storage revetment.’
      • ‘Arriving home, I taxied in and shut down in my revetment.’


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