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  • n. Plural form of fascine.


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  • Provide for the troops all the materials necessary (such as fascines and short ladders) to enable them to pass the ditch and mount the parapet.

    The Art of War

  • [10] i.e., 'battle-array,' Sw., but the word is uncertain; Kr. suggests 'fascines'; Zl. merely gives '_Prunk_.'

    Elene; Judith; Athelstan, or the Fight at Brunanburh; Byrhtnoth, or the Fight at Maldon; and the Dream of the Rood Anglo-Saxon Poems

  • The next morning the enemy attacked again, and made fascines to fill up the deep valley which lies on the eastern side; but this device did the enemy no damage.

    De Re Militari: The Society for Medieval Military History » Episodes of Medieval Warfare from the History of the Franks by Gregory of Tours

  • “I requested them to collect fascines and other things for finishing the fort,” he wrote, “although in my own mind I felt pretty sure that they would do nothing of the sort, since they had the greatest dislike of the work, notwithstanding that the safety and preservation of the country depended on it, a thing they either could not or would not comprehend.”

    Champlain's Dream

  • Behind him came troops of matchlock-men, who picked off every one of our men who showed their noses above the ramparts: and a great host of blackamoors with scaling-ladders, bundles to fill the ditch, fascines, gabions, culverins, demilunes, counterscarps, and all the other appurtenances of offensive war.


  • For the same purpose, the people of these countries use the sarments, or cuttings of the vines, which they sell made up in small fascines.

    Travels through France and Italy

  • I could not imagine why he was so shy of explaining one of the most simple terms of fortification, which I forthwith described as a side-work composed of earth, gabions, or fascines; but I was very much surprised when I afterwards understood that his reserve proceeded from his ignorance.

    The Adventures of Roderick Random

  • Higher up along the line there were some chains used for anchoring the fascines when blasting was going on near the house.

    The Road Leads On

  • We dug trenches, constructed breastworks, revetted parapets with sandbags, with heather, with fascines, or with ‘Jones’ iron band gabion.


  • The Danish guns fired on, but slowly, as if they knew their efforts were being wasted on fascines and earthworks.

    Sharpe's Prey


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  • "FASCINES, are bundles of branches of trees tied up for the purpose of filling the ditch of a fortified place."

    October 9, 2008