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contravallation

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  • n. A fortification built around a sieged target by the besiegers.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A trench guarded with a parapet, constructed by besiegers, to secure themselves and check sallies of the besieged.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In fortification, a chain of redoubts and breastworks, either unconnected or united by a parapet, raised by the besiegers about the place invested, to guard against sorties of the garrison.

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