Gabion meaning

gā'bē-ən
A cylindrical wicker basket filled with earth and stones, formerly used in building fortifications.
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A hollow metal cylinder used especially in constructing dams and foundations.
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A cylinder of wicker filled with earth or stones, formerly used in building fortifications.
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A similar cylinder of metal, used as in building dams and dikes.
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A cylindrical basket or cage of wicker which was filled with earth or stones and used in fortifications and other engineering work (a precursor to the sandbag).
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A woven wire mesh unit, sometimes rectangular, made from a continuous mesh panel and filled with stones sometimes coated with polyvinyl chloride.
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A porous metal cylinder filled with stones and used in a variety of civil engineering contexts, especially in the construction of retaining walls, the reinforcing of steep slopes, or in the prevention of erosion in river banks.
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A knickknack, objet d'art, curiosity, collectable.
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Origin of gabion

  • French from Italian gabbione augmentative of gabbia cage from Latin cavea
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • Italian gabbione, augmentative of gabbia, itself from Latin cavea.
    From Wiktionary