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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,
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.
Be obedient, and retain
Unalterably firm his love entire. --Milton.
An executor may retain a debt due to him from the
2. To keep in pay; to employ by a preliminary fee paid; to
hire; to engage; as, to retain a counselor.
A Benedictine convent has now retained the most
learned father of their order to write in its
3. To restrain; to prevent. [Obs.] --Sir W. Temple.
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.
Syn: To keep; hold; restrain. See Keep.
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :
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,
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