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

  • n. A gate in a fortification designed for sorties.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A small door in a fort or a castle to enable a sally; a postern.
  • n. An entryway controlled by two doors or gates, of which each must be closed before the other can open.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A large port on each quarter of a fireship, for the escape of the men into boats when the train is fired; a large port in an old-fashioned three-decker or a large modern ironclad.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In fortification, a gate or a passage to afford free egress to troops in making a sally.
  • n. A large port on each quarter of a fire-ship, for the escape of the crew into boats when the train is fired.


Sorry, no etymologies found.


Sorry, no example sentences found.

Wordnik is becoming a not-for-profit! Read our announcement here.


Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.