Definitions

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

  • n. A cylindrical bundle of sticks bound together for use in construction, as of fortresses, earthworks, sea walls, or dams.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A cylindrical bundle of small sticks of wood, bound together, used in raising batteries, filling ditches, strengthening ramparts, and making parapets; also in revetments for river banks, and in mats for dams, jetties, etc.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A cylindrical bundle of small sticks of wood, bound together, used in raising batteries, filling ditches, strengthening ramparts, and making parapets; also in revetments for river banks, and in mats for dams, jetties, etc.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To protect with fascines.
  • n. A fagot; specifically (military), a bundle of rods or small sticks of wood bound at both ends and in the middle, used in fortification, raising batteries, filling ditches, strengthening ramparts, and making parapets.
  • n. A bundle of fagots used in oyster-culture for the spat to attach to; a stool.

Etymologies

French, from Latin fascīna, from fascis, bundle.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the French fascine, from the Latin fascīna ("bundle of sticks"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Across the sand dunes an amphibious assault vehicle spilled a huge bundle of plastic piping called a fascine into a trench to form a temporary bridge, Within seconds Marine M-60 tanks roared past the breach and through a cleared "enemy" minefield.

    The Eve Of Destruction

  • This term continues in English as "fascine", a bundle of twigs used in WW1 to cross trenches.

    On Thursday, the Legg report will be published along with...

  • "fascine," or bundle of fagots about a yard and a half in diameter, and controlled by a lever and chain from the interior of the tank.

    Now It Can Be Told

  • The eastern point of Bogue Banks was determined to be the best location for a fort to guard the entrance to Beaufort Inlet, and in 1756 construction of a small fascine fort known as Fort Dobbs began there.

    Archive 2008-06-01

  • St. Joseph; twenty in two fascine batteries, and four men-of-war, mounting sixty-four guns each.

    The Adventures of Roderick Random

  • Fort St. Joseph, the fascine batteries, and one Spanish man-of-war; the other three being burnt or sunk by the foe, that they might not fall into our hands.

    The Adventures of Roderick Random

  • Our Land Forces being disembarked, erect a fascine battery-our ship is ordered, with four more, to batter the port of Bocca

    The Adventures of Roderick Random

  • Our forces being landed and stationed as I have already mentioned, set about erecting a fascine battery to cannonade the principal fort of the enemy; and in something more than three weeks, it was ready to open.

    The Adventures of Roderick Random

  • It had been years since he had carried a fascine to war, a great wicker cylinder that was filled with soil and provided an instant battlement to protect men and guns from enemy artillery.

    Sharpe's Gold

  • One day Elizabeth, looking across at a fascine battery where the enemy's fire was hottest in return, discovered Archdale standing in the most exposed position, watching and giving orders with an imperturbable face.

    The New England Magazine, Volume 1, No. 1, January 1886 Bay State Monthly, Volume 4, No. 1, January, 1886

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  • In the silence of the night, they swam the Tigris, surprised an unguarded post of the enemy, and displayed at the dawn of day the signal of their resolution and fortune. The success of this trial disposed the emperor to listen to the promises of his architects, who propose to construct a floating bridge of the inflated skins of sheep, oxen, and goats, covered with a floor of earth and fascines.

    - Gibbon, Decline and Fall, XXIV. v.

    June 19, 2009

  • Isn't that a fascinelle? Oh wait. That might be a pasta shape...

    October 10, 2008

  • A pocket-sized follower of Mussolini.

    October 10, 2008

  • Usage/description on fascines.

    October 9, 2008