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- n. bailey (fortification)
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. See bailey.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as bail, 5.
- n. Same as bailey.
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And my dark apprehensions gained double force when a stone was dislodged by my foot (which may have trembled), and rolled with a sharp echo down into the ballium, or whatever it should be called, where these desperadoes stood.
When that was won, the ballium and the inner wall could still be disputed.
East and West of the yard is seen the semi-circular moat or ditch; and on an eminence near the western extremity of the ballium, stands the keep or round tower, the walls of which are said to have been twenty-one feet thick.
We next approach, the ballium, or castle yard through the Porter's
[Footnote: The inner ward, or ballium, which (according to Quinault) was defended by ten towers, connected by an embattled stone wall about thirty feet in height and eight feet thick, on the summit of which was a footway; now demolished to make way for the famous gardens.]
Barney and the girl remounted and the little cavalcade moved forward through the ballium and the great gate into the court beyond.
"What means this, my son?" said the old man as Norman of Torn dismounted within the ballium.
From the dark shadows of the ballium, they passed into the moonlit inner court.
Claude dismounted from his sleek donkey within the ballium of Torn.
This particular one was contrived in the thickness of the ballium wall which led from Beauchamp Tower to Develin Tower.
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