American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A platform or mound of earth within a fort from which guns are fired over the parapet.
- n. An armored protective cylinder around a revolving gun turret on a warship.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The platform or breastwork of a fortification, from which cannon may be fired over the parapet instead of through embrasures.
- n. A cylindrical armored structure built up in the interior of a war-ship and projecting above the deck. The barbette contains a rotary platform and its supports, with part of the machinery by means of which the platform is turned. On the rotary platform one or more heavy guns are mounted so that they can be fired over the top of the barbette. The top of the barbette and the guns are protected to a greater or less extent by a shield carried on the gun-platform. The covering shield may become so extensive and so heavily armored as completely to cover the rear part of the guns, the loading and sighting mechanism, etc. The rotary part is then called a turret and the combination is called a barbette-turret. The heavy guns of almost all modern battle-ships are mounted in barbette-turrets.
- n. A mound of earth or a platform in a fortification, on which guns are mounted to fire over the parapet.
- n. nautical The inside fixed trunk of a warship's gun-mounting, on which the turret revolves. It contains the hoists for shells and cordite from the shell-room and magazine.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Fort.) A mound of earth or a platform in a fortification, on which guns are mounted to fire over the parapet.
- n. (formerly) a mound of earth inside a fort from which heavy gun can be fired over the parapet
- From French barbette. (Wiktionary)
- French, diminutive of barbe, beard; see barb1. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The big naval guns, brought from the empty ships in the basin, were mounted en barbette, meaning there were not enough embrasures to protect them so the weapons were firing directly over the wall's parapet and British gunner officers hungrily watched those pieces through their telescopes.”
“Germans, had a "barbette" top, which looked like the shell of a tortoise, fitted down over the chassis.”
“She carries an obsolete "barbette" conning tower -- a six-foot affair with railed platform forward -- and our warning beam plays on the top of it as a policeman's lantern flashes on the area sneak.”
“_Devastation_ type of turret-ship were retained, mounted fore and aft, but instead of placing them in turrets, the turret armour was fixed to the deck, forming what is known as a "barbette," or breastwork, over the upper edge of which the gun fired.”
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