Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A thick plank, used for several mechanical purposes.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A plank to receive the mouth of a petard, with which it is applied to anything intended to be broken down.
  • n. A plank or beam used for supporting the earth in mines or fortifications.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In milit. engin.
  • n. In the seventeenth century, a heavy timber forming the chief or central part of the carriage of a cannon or mortar; hence, the whole carriage or mounting of a piece of artillery.
  • n. A plank lined with tin and covered with earth for roofing over certain parts of military works, in order to afford protection in lodgments, etc.
  • n. A plank used to support the earth in a mine, or in a moat or ditch to support a wall.

Etymologies

French (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • They had scarce got into the place of security when the knight proceeded with his description. — “The petard being formed, as I tell you, is secured with a thick and strong piece of plank, termed the madrier, and the whole being suspended, or rather secured against the gate to be forced — But thou mindest me not?”

    Woodstock

  • -- "The petard being formed, as I tell you, is secured with a thick and strong piece of plank, termed the madrier, and the whole being suspended, or rather secured against the gate to be forced -- But thou mindest me not?"

    Woodstock; or, the Cavalier

  • For the maison madrier see the description of the house of Louis Allain, in LeBlanc and LeBlanc, “La culture matérielle,” 630.

    Champlain's Dream

  • The maison de madrier, or plank house, had walls of vertical planks pegged tightly together.

    Champlain's Dream

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