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  • n. An opening into or entry to a fortification, usually arched, to enable a sally; a postern.

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Examples

  • Stepping firmly on, yet cautiously supporting himself with his piked staff, he traced the light foot steps of his guide along the bridge of dread, and followed her through the ruined sallyport, to which they ascended by stairs which were equally dilapidated.

    Anne of Geierstein

  • A projecting sallyport, descending by a flight of steps from the tower, had in former times given access to a bridge connecting the castle with that side of the stream on which Arthur Philipson and his fair guide now stood.

    Anne of Geierstein

  • Hagenbach, had availed themselves of the opportunity to admit the Balese, at the sallyport through which Philipson had lately made his escape.

    Anne of Geierstein

  • I will give you entrance to it — The sallyport is barred on the inside, but not locked.

    Anne of Geierstein

  • But here, in the course of their circuit round Constantinople, the officer and his soldier came to a very small wicket or sallyport, opening on the interior of a large and massive advanced work, which terminated an entrance to the city itself.

    Count Robert of Paris

  • While traversing with a rapid foot the space betwixt the tower and the sallyport, Wayland in vain racked his brain for some device which might avail the poor lady, for whom, notwithstanding his own imminent danger, he felt deep interest.

    Kenilworth

  • Follow me boldly across, and aid me to burst yon sallyport in the main wall of the castle.

    Ivanhoe

  • The portal, which led from the inner-wall of the barbican to the moat, and which corresponded with a sallyport in the main wall of the castle, was now suddenly opened; the temporary bridge was then thrust forward, and soon flashed in the waters, extending its length between the castle and outwork, and forming a slippery and precarious passage for two men abreast to cross the moat.

    Ivanhoe

  • In the outwork was a sallyport corresponding to the postern of the castle, and the whole was surrounded by a strong palisade.

    Ivanhoe

  • The loss of the barbican had also this unfortunate effect, that, notwithstanding the superior height of the castle walls, the besieged could not see from them, with the same precision as before, the operations of the enemy; for some straggling underwood approached so near the sallyport of the outwork, that the assailants might introduce into it whatever force they thought proper, not only under cover, but even without the knowledge of the defenders.

    Ivanhoe

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