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  • n. Obsolete form of bastille.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A tower or an elevated work, used for the defense, or in the siege, of a fortified place.
  • n. “The Bastille”, formerly a castle or fortress in Paris, used as a prison, especially for political offenders; hence, a rhetorical name for a prison.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To confine in a bastile; imprison.
  • n. A bridge-tower, gate-tower, outlying defense, or citadel.
  • n. In French history, a fortress used as a state prison.
  • n. Hence By extension, any prison, especially one conducted in an arbitrary or oppressive way.
  • n. A movable tower used by the besiegers of a strong place, whether for approaching the walls (see belfry) or as a defense and protection for the besiegers.

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