Definitions for gabionˈgeɪ bi ən

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  1. gabion(Noun)

    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).

  2. gabion(Noun)

    a woven wire mesh unit, sometimes rectangular, made from a continuous mesh panel and filled with stones sometimes coated with polyvinyl chloride

  3. gabion(Noun)

    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

  4. gabion(Noun)

    a knickknack, objet du2019art, curiosity, collectable

  5. Origin: Originally from Latin cavea: cage, via the Italian gabbia with the augmenting suffix -one

Webster Dictionary

  1. Gabion(noun)

    a hollow cylinder of wickerwork, like a basket without a bottom. Gabions are made of various sizes, and filled with earth in building fieldworks to shelter men from an enemy's fire

  2. Gabion(noun)

    an openwork frame, as of poles, filled with stones and sunk, to assist in forming a bar dyke, etc., as in harbor improvement

  3. Origin: [F., from It. gabbione a large cage, gabion, from gabbia cage, L. cavea. See Cage.]


  1. Gabion

    A gabion is a cage, cylinder, or box filled with rocks, concrete, or sometimes sand and soil for use in civil engineering, road building, and military applications. For erosion control, caged riprap is used. For dams or in foundation construction, cylindrical metal structures are used. In a military context, earth- or sand-filled gabions are used to protect artillery crews from enemy fire. Leonardo da Vinci designed a type of gabion called a Corbeille Leonard for the foundations of the San Marco Castle in Milan.

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