retaining wall

re·tain wall
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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [ri-teyn wawl]
    • /rɪˈteɪn wɔl/
    • /rɪˈteɪn wɔːl/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ri-teyn wawl]
    • /rɪˈteɪn wɔl/

Definitions of retaining wall words

  • noun retaining wall a wall for holding in place a mass of earth or the like, as at the edge of a terrace or excavation. 1
  • noun retaining wall wall preventing landslide 1
  • countable noun retaining wall A retaining wall is a wall that is built to prevent the earth behind it from moving. 0
  • noun retaining wall a wall constructed to hold back earth, loose rock, etc 0
  • noun retaining wall a wall built to keep a bank of earth from sliding or water from flooding 0

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Origin of retaining wall

First appearance:

before 1830
One of the 36% newest English words
First recorded in 1830-40

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Parts of speech for Retaining wall


retaining wall popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 32% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data about 58% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

retaining wall usage trend in Literature

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