from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun A short, circular tower, usually made of stone and located near a shoreline as a defensive fortification.
from The Century Dictionary.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- (Fort.) A building of masonry, generally circular, usually erected on the seacoast, with a gun on the summit mounted on a traversing platform, so as to be fired in any direction.
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- noun A
short sturdyround masonry fort, especially one constructed at various coastalpoints in the British Empireduring the Napoleonic Wars.
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- noun a circular masonry fort for coastal defence
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
[After Cape Martello, Corsica, where such a tower was taken by British forces in 1794.]
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Alteration of the name of Cape Mortella in Corsica, after Italian martello ("hammer").
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