A loose assemblage of broken stones erected in water or on soft ground as a foundation.
The broken stones used for such a foundation.
To construct a riprap in or on.
To strengthen with a riprap.
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.
To make a riprap in or on.
To strengthen with riprap.
To form a riprap in or upon.
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").