from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A small, often temporary defensive fortification.
- n. A reinforcing earthwork or breastwork within a permanent rampart.
- n. A protected place of refuge or defense.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A small, temporary, military fortification.
- n. A reinforced refuge; a fort.
- n. A place of safety or refuge.
- v. To dread.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A small, and usually a roughly constructed, fort or outwork of varying shape, commonly erected for a temporary purpose, and without flanking defenses, -- used esp. in fortifying tops of hills and passes, and positions in hostile territory.
- n. In permanent works, an outwork placed within another outwork. See F and i in Illust. of ravelin.
- transitive v. To stand in dread of; to regard with fear; to dread.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To fear; dread.
- To venerate; honor.
- n. See redout.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an entrenched stronghold or refuge
- n. (military) a temporary or supplementary fortification; typically square or polygonal without flanking defenses
French redoute, from Italian ridotto, from Medieval Latin reductus, concealed place, from Latin, past participle of redūcere, to withdraw, lead back; see reduce.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French redoute, from Italian ridotta, from Medieval Latin reductus ("refuge"), from Latin reduco ("I withdraw"). The b was added by influence of the unrelated English word doubt (which ultimately derives from Latin dubito). (Wiktionary)