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retaining wall, breast wall
1. A wall to prevent, to hold back, or to keep the material of an embankment from sliding.
2. A wall built to keep or to hold earth or water in place.
3. A wall that is built to resist lateral pressure; especially, a wall built to prevent the advance of a mass of earth.
4. A wall that holds back a hillside or is back-filled to create a level surface; as at the edge of a terrace or an excavation.
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