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  • n. A type of fortification consisting of a pair of demi-bastions with a curtain wall connecting them and with two long sides directed upon the faces of the bastions, or ravelins of the inner fortifications, so as to be defended by them.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An outwork composed of two demibastions joined by a curtain. It is connected with the works in rear by long wings.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In fortification, a work with one front only, thrown out beyond the glacis, for the purpose of occupying rising ground, barring a defile, covering a bridge-head, strengthening any weak salient, or protecting buildings, the including of which in the original enceinte would have extended it to an inconvenient degree.


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  • It could house only 200 men, so a stockaded hornwork with barracks was added later.

    George Washington’s First War

  • In an attempt to copy French patterns, in the fall of 1754 Innes erected a small square enclosure with storehouses and adjunct works surrounding barracks, and a hornwork projecting from the main enclosure.

    George Washington’s First War

  • And he laid his hand, as Drayton might have said, on that stout bastion, hornwork, ravelin, or demilune, which formed the outworks to the citadel of his purple isle of man.

    Westward Ho!

  • All round the inside of the star, tucked away under the parapets, were the rude shelters of the infantry, while a hornwork held the troops of cavalry.

    The Story of the Guides

  • Only where it covered the town, in the space between citadel and hornwork, this wall became a simple rampart; stout indeed and solid and twenty-seven feet high, with two flanking towers for enfilading fire, besides a demi-bastion at the

    Corporal Sam and Other Stories

  • The sea-wall, for almost half its length, formed but a _fausse braye_ for the hornwork towering formidably behind it.

    Corporal Sam and Other Stories

  • But with submission, sir, 'twill be at wicked waste, unless they first clear the hornwork. '

    Corporal Sam and Other Stories

  • But he had mastered something of the theory, after his lights, and our batteries 'neglect of the hornwork struck him as unscientific.

    Corporal Sam and Other Stories

  • Sergeant Wilkes, that amateur in siege-operations, had rightly prophesied from the first that the waste of life at the breaches would be wicked and useless until the hornwork had been silenced and some lodgment made there.

    Corporal Sam and Other Stories

  • Nor will I need to, 'he added, after a pause,' if the general makes a throw for yon breach before clearing the hornwork. '

    Corporal Sam and Other Stories


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    August 25, 2008