Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In fortification: A covered lodgment sunk 4 or 5 feet into a ditch for its defense, encompassed with a parapet about 2 feet high, serving to support several planks laden with earth.
- n. A passage from one part of a work to another, protected on the right and left by a wall or parapet, and sometimes covered overhead. When there is a parapet on one side only, it is called a demi-caponiere.
- n. One of a series of bomb-proof arched structures for receiving cannon which fire through embrasures pierced in the front or mask-wall of the casemates: used for flanking ditches.
- n. military, historical A work made across or in the ditch, to protect it from the enemy, or to serve as a covered passageway.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Fort.) A work made across or in the ditch, to protect it from the enemy, or to serve as a covered passageway.
- French caponnière (Wiktionary)
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