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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Gabion  \Ga"bi*on\,  n.[F.,  from  It  gabbione  a  large  cage, 
  gabion,  from  gabbia  cage,  L.  cavea.  See  {Cage}.] 
  1.  (Fort.)  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.  (Hydraul.  Engin.)  An  openwork  frame,  as  of  poles,  filled 
  with  stones  and  sunk,  to  assist  in  forming  a  bar  dyke, 
  etc.,  as  in  harbor  improvement.