from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A thick plank, used for several mechanical purposes.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A plank to receive the mouth of a petard, with which it is applied to anything intended to be broken down.
- n. A plank or beam used for supporting the earth in mines or fortifications.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In milit. engin.
- n. In the seventeenth century, a heavy timber forming the chief or central part of the carriage of a cannon or mortar; hence, the whole carriage or mounting of a piece of artillery.
- n. A plank lined with tin and covered with earth for roofing over certain parts of military works, in order to afford protection in lodgments, etc.
- n. A plank used to support the earth in a mine, or in a moat or ditch to support a wall.
They had scarce got into the place of security when the knight proceeded with his description. — “The petard being formed, as I tell you, is secured with a thick and strong piece of plank, termed the madrier, and the whole being suspended, or rather secured against the gate to be forced — But thou mindest me not?”
-- "The petard being formed, as I tell you, is secured with a thick and strong piece of plank, termed the madrier, and the whole being suspended, or rather secured against the gate to be forced -- But thou mindest me not?"
For the maison madrier see the description of the house of Louis Allain, in LeBlanc and LeBlanc, “La culture matérielle,” 630.
The maison de madrier, or plank house, had walls of vertical planks pegged tightly together.