Definitions

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  • n. An outwork in the main ditch of a fortification, in front of the curtain, between two bastions.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An outwork in the main ditch, in front of the curtain, between two bastions. See Illust. of ravelin.

Etymologies

French, a pair of pincers or tongs, a tenaille, from Latin tenaculum. See tenaculum. (Wiktionary)

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  • And, four years later, I found this nifty list that I may someday cross-check with this other list: link.

    July 20, 2012

  • "TENAILLE, fr. literally shears, a military ... illegible." (citation in list description)

    OED says: "A small low work, consisting of one or two re-entering angles (single or double tenaille), placed before the curtain between two bastions. tenaille of the place, the face of a fortress."

    Answers.com says: An outwork in the main ditch, in front of the curtain, between two bastions.

    Also a type of surgical instrument.

    October 9, 2008