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3 definitions found
 for Retaining wall
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Retain \Re*tain"\ (r[-e]*t[=a]n"), v. t. [imp. & p. p.
     Retained (r[-e]*t[=a]nd"); p. pr. & vb. n. Retaining.]
     [F. retainir, L. retinere; pref. re- re- + tenere to hold,
     keep. See Tenable, and cf. Rein of a bridle, Retention,
     Retinue.]
     1. To continue to hold; to keep in possession; not to lose,
        part with, or dismiss; to restrain from departure, escape,
        or the like. "Thy shape invisible retain." --Shak.
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              Be obedient, and retain
              Unalterably firm his love entire.     --Milton.
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              An executor may retain a debt due to him from the
              testator.                             --Blackstone.
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     2. To keep in pay; to employ by a preliminary fee paid; to
        hire; to engage; as, to retain a counselor.
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              A Benedictine convent has now retained the most
              learned father of their order to write in its
              defense.                              --Addison.
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     3. To restrain; to prevent. [Obs.] --Sir W. Temple.
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     Retaining wall (Arch. & Engin.), a wall built to keep any
        movable backing, or a bank of sand or earth, in its place;
        -- called also retain wall.
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     Syn: To keep; hold; restrain. See Keep.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  retaining wall
      n 1: a wall that is built to resist lateral pressure (especially
           a wall built to prevent the advance of a mass of earth)

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  21 Moby Thesaurus words for "retaining wall":
     abutment, arc-boutant, bank, beam, breakwater, bulwark, buttress,
     buttress pier, buttressing, embankment, flying buttress, groin,
     hanging buttress, jetty, jutty, mole, pier, pier buttress, rampart,
     seawall, shoulder
  
  

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