- (chiefly informal) civil engineering
1999 January 07, Ken Welsby, “Re: DLR Do”, uk.transport.london, retrieved 2008-07-07, Usenet:
- The work involves extensive civils and p/w since, the track has to drop from the present embankment level, some 5m above the adjacent road, to the floor level of the new tunnel [the 'cut & cover' section of which, is, I guess, about 10m below it.
2003, Franklin and Andrews (eds), “DC Electrification”, in Spon's Railways Construction Price Book 2nd Edition, ISBN ISBN:0415326230, page 79:
- Conreate bases, ducts and minor civils […] bases fir structures, in situ concreate bases, inlcuding holding down bolts and fixings.
The word is normally plural in construction, and is mostly used in relation to the infrastructure of transport networks and projects, particularly the maintenance of existing structures or the design and construction of new projects.
- plural of
civils m pl