- ⌂ a foundation or wall made of large chunks of stone thrown together irregularly or loosely, as in water or on a soft bottom
- ⌂ chunks of stone used for this
Origin of riprapechoic reduplicated, reduplication of rap
- to make a riprap in or on
- to strengthen with riprap
- A loose assemblage of broken stones erected in water or on soft ground as a foundation.
- The broken stones used for such a foundation.
transitive verbrip·rapped, rip·rap·ping, rip·raps
- To construct a riprap in or on.
- To strengthen with a riprap.
Origin of riprapReduplication of rap1.
(third-person singular simple present ripraps, present participle riprapping, simple past and past participle riprapped)
- To form a riprap in or upon.
Apparently a reduplication (with vowel dissimilation) of rap (“blow, stroke").