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  • n. Alternative form of Martello.


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  • For a long time people supposed they were called martello towers from the man who built them, but I found in a book that the name came from a vine that grew over this one in Corsica.

    The Spanish Chest

  • At its opposite extremity the street leads to a deserted martello tower, and to the forlorn outlying suburb of Slaughden, between the river Alde and the sea.

    No Name

  • Something in his look and manner took her memory back to the first night at Aldborough, when she had opened her mind to him in the darkening solitude — when they two had sat together alone on the slope of the martello tower.

    No Name

  • Southward, the high ridge of the sea dike, and the grim, massive circle of a martello tower reared high on its mound of grass, closed the view darkly on all that lay beyond.

    No Name

  • What juts out on boundless marshlands are abandoned factories, while emptied martello towers and collapsed jetties and wharves line the gray waterfronts of a country that Michael Hamburger, whom Sebald so beautifully evokes in The Rings of Saturn, would have called Novemberland.

    Out of Novemberland

  • Granting that the French did not take alarm and incontinently drop their hostile designs upon the tight little island, there would be a small outlay for pay, a trifle of a shilling a day on exercise days, but nothing more -- except for martello towers.

    The Press-Gang Afloat and Ashore

  • They sent rockets from their martello towers, and they maintained a perfect storm of musketry from their advanced trench and from the city walls.

    Forty-one years in India From Subaltern To Commander-In-Chief

  • In the foreground stretched an expanse of jagged red reefs and shining pools with a single martello tower rising in dignified grandeur.

    The Spanish Chest

  • The bulk he had encountered was not the martello tower on Noirmont

    The Spanish Chest

  • Win cast a glance at the deserted castle of St. Aubin's, a miniature Castle Elizabeth on its isolated rock off shore, another at the martello tower on the point.

    The Spanish Chest


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  • “a circular, towerlike fort with guns on the top.”

    Random House

    July 10, 2010