American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A fortified enclosure for artillery on a warship.
- n. An armored compartment for artillery on a rampart.
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, .
- 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.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Fort.) 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. (Arch.) A hollow molding, chiefly in cornices.
- 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)
- 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)
“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.”
“The barred cell at casemate No. 11 once belonged to convicted killer William H. Howe before he was hanged Aug. 26, 1864.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“And without further parley, followed by his soldiers, he retired into the casemate, leaving Captain Servadac gnawing his mustache with mingled rage and mortification.”
“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.”
“A casemate wall of brick to support the foundation around the perimeter wall (Richard Jaeschke)”
“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.”
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