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WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
re•vet•ment  (ri vetmənt),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Building, Civil Engineeringa facing of masonry or the like, esp. for protecting an embankment.
  2. Buildingan ornamental facing, as on a common masonry wall, of marble, face brick, tiles, etc.
  • French revêtement. See revet, -ment
  • 1765–75

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

revetment /rɪˈvɛtmənt/ n
  1. a facing of stones, sandbags, etc, to protect a wall, embankment, or earthworks
  2. another name for retaining wall
Etymology: 18th Century: from French revêtement literally: a reclothing, from revêtir; see revest

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