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

  • Vauban, Marquis Sébastien Le Prestre de 1633-1707. French military engineer who revolutionized fortification and siege strategies during the reign of Louis XIV.


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  • For instance, the 5-sided fort is a classic of military design called the Vauban Plan, after the French military engineer who popularized it in the 1600s.

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  • Brailmont, who was the successor of other eminent military Belgian engineers, such as Vauban, who had taught the art of fortification to

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  • Three mornings a week I'd take the number 83 bus to the Vieux Port, where I'd then transfer to another bus that took me up the Vauban to the atelier of Tiennick Kerevel, where I had private lessons d'aquarelle.

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  • Zero-carbon communities have been around for years — for example, the car-free neighborhood of Vauban in Freiburg, Germany, which was built in the mid-'90s and is characterized by rows of so-called "Passivhauses."

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  • We then raced through various other random Vs – Vichy, Verdun, Vauban and Vaudémont – though not before going off piste into the Ns for Nancy, the Ms for the Mistral font, the Ls for Lorraine, the As for Alsace and the Ts for Les Trentes Glorieuses.

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  • The greatest military engineer in history was a Frenchman, Sébastien le Prestre de Vauban 1632–1707.

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  • None of Fawcett's previous expeditions compared with what he was about to do, and he could barely conceal his impatience, as he fell into line with the other passengers boarding the S.S. Vauban.

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  • On a cold January day in 1925, a tall, distinguished gentleman hurried across the docks in Hoboken, New Jersey, toward the S.S. Vauban, a five-hundred-and-eleven-foot ocean liner bound for Rio de Janeiro.

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  • (In Vauban, by contrast, drivers must purchase a parking space in the garages at $40,000 each.)

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