Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A defensive fortification work in the shape of a V.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A work having two parapets whose faces unite so as to form a salient angle toward the enemy.
  • n. A step or vertical offset in a wall on uneven ground, to keep the parts level.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In field fort., the simplest kind of work employed, consisting of two parapets of earth raised so as to form a salient angle, with the apex toward the enemy and unprotected on the rear.
  • n. A downward projection in a wall on uneven ground to render it level.
  • n. Synonyms See fortification.

Etymologies

From French redan, corruption of redent, from re- + dent ("tooth"). (Wiktionary)

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