What is a fascine?

What is a fascine? Here are some definitions.

Noun
  1. (fortification) A cylindrical bundle of small sticks of wood, bound together, used in raising batteries, filling ditches, strengthening ramparts, and making parapets; also in revetments for river banks, and in mats for dams, jetties, etc.
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The general object is to so dispose the brush as to make the fascine of uniform size, strength, and stiffness from end to end.
A fascine revetment must always be crowned with sods or bags.
The weight of a fascine of partially seasoned material will average 140 lbs.
At Mike Beach on the western flank, a large crater was filled using an abandoned AVRE tank and several rolls of fascine, which were then covered by a temporary bridge.

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