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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
- 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.
- To confine in a bastile; imprison.
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