- French, a pair of pincers or tongs, a tenaille, from Latin tenaculum. See tenaculum. (Wiktionary)
“I have thought of a tenaille -- of a flat bastion.”
“_Caponniers_ are works constructed to cover the passage of the ditch from the tenaille to the gorge of the demi-lune, and also from the demi-lune to the covered way, by which communication may be maintained between the enceinte and outworks.”
Elements of Military Art and Science Or, Course Of Instruction In Strategy, Fortification, Tactics Of Battles, &C.; Embracing The Duties Of Staff, Infantry, Cavalry, Artillery, And Engineers; Adapted To The Use Of Volunteers And Militia; Third Edition; With Critical Notes On The Mexican And Crimean Wars.
“In fact governor Stuyvesant, like the celebrated Montalembert, held bastions in absolute contempt; yet did he not like him substitute a tenaille angulaire des polygons à ailerons.”
“Other fortifications in Valletta that will be recuperated and made accessible to the public as part of the project are - St Andrew's tenaille and ditch, the piazza basse and sally-ports in St Michael, St John's and St James 'bastions, and the two piazza basse in St Andrew's bastion.”
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