Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A fortified enclosure for artillery on a warship.
  • n. An armored compartment for artillery on a rampart.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A bombproof chamber, usually of masonry, in which cannon may be placed, to be fired through embrasures; or one capable of being used as a magazine, or for quartering troops.
  • n. A hollow molding, chiefly in cornices.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A bombproof chamber, usually of masonry, in which cannon may be placed, to be fired through embrasures; or one capable of being used as a magazine, or for quartering troops.
  • n. A hollow molding, chiefly in cornices.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In fortification: A vault of stone or brickwork, usually built in the thickness of the rampart of a fortress, and pierced in front with embrasures, through which artillery may be fired.
  • n. A shell-proof vault of stone or brick designed to protect troops, ammunition, etc.
  • n. An embrasure.
  • n. The armored bulkhead surrounding guns in iron-clad ships of war, and pierced with portholes through which the guns are run out.
  • n. An erroneous form of casement, .

Etymologies

French, from Italian casamatta : perhaps casa, house (from Latin casa) + matto, mad, crazy (from Latin mattus, drunk, past participle of madēre, to be drunk).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
French casemate, from Italian casamatta, probably from casa house + matto, from matta, mad, weak, feeble, diminutive from the same source as English mate in checkmate. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The colonel, signing to his guests to follow, led the way to the apartment occupied jointly by himself and the major, which, although only a kind of casemate hollowed in the rock, nevertheless wore a general air of comfort.

    Off on a Comet

  • The barred cell at casemate No. 11 once belonged to convicted killer William H. Howe before he was hanged Aug. 26, 1864.

    Sub-Terra Cell

  • Assuming this was Shishak's destruction of 930 BC then that pretty much clinches the story, without even getting into the casemate wall issue or the pottery.

    Apologetics Archaeology?

  • A perfect citadel of a boy, with a General Chasse sitting in that bomb-proof casemate, his heart, letting blow after blow come thumping about his head, and never thinking of giving in.

    Roundabout Papers

  • Provisions and fuel had evidently been conveyed thither in the boat from Gibraltar before the sea had frozen, and a solid casemate, hollowed in the rock, had afforded Major Oliphant and his contingent ample protection from the rigor of the winter.

    Off on a Comet

  • Gibraltar, they all agreed, would not, like themselves, have been compelled to have recourse to a stream of lava for their supply of heat; they, no doubt, had had abundance of fuel as well as food; and in their solid casemate, with its substantial walls, they would find ample shelter from the rigor of the cold.

    Off on a Comet

  • And without further parley, followed by his soldiers, he retired into the casemate, leaving Captain Servadac gnawing his mustache with mingled rage and mortification.

    Off on a Comet

  • Each casemate mounted a three-gun battery of either 100mm or 150mm, and the southern side received additional cover from a detached fort mounting three 100mm gun turrets.

    Steel Victory

  • A casemate wall of brick to support the foundation around the perimeter wall (Richard Jaeschke)

    Interactive Dig Hierakonpolis - Fixing the Fort: Part 2

  • Levelling of the full area around this wall would have required a large amount of soil, so we decided to create retaining walls of fired brick, in essence, a box or casemate about 7 x 3.5 m to surround the wall segment on all sides.

    Interactive Dig Hierakonpolis - Fixing the Fort: Part 2

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  • "The new life and the old have melted together; there is no dividing-line. In the drawing-room wall there is a queer funnel-shaped hole, with the broad end inward, like a small casemate. You ask what it is, but people have forgotten. It is something of the monks; it is a mere detail."
    "Abbeys and Castles" in English Hours by Henry James, p 134 of the Oxford paperback edition

    September 28, 2010

  • In Ljubljana Castle, the Kazemate – Casemates, in the plural – have been turned into a hall for art exhibitions and concerts.

    August 20, 2010