Riprap meaning

rĭprăp
A loose assemblage of broken stones erected in water or on soft ground as a foundation.
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The broken stones used for such a foundation.
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To construct a riprap in or on.
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To strengthen with a riprap.
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A foundation or wall made of large chunks of stone thrown together irregularly or loosely, as in water or on a soft bottom.
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Chunks of stone used for this.
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To make a riprap in or on.
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To strengthen with riprap.
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An underwater bank seen as a danger to shipping.
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(chiefly North America) Rocks or other materials used to shore up an embankment, deter or prevent erosion, guide shipping, or serve as a temporary mooring.
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To form a riprap in or upon.
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Origin of riprap

  • Reduplication of rap

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Apparently a reduplication (with vowel dissimilation) of rap (“blow, stroke").

    From Wiktionary