from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A platform or level ground surface on which heavy guns are mounted.
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- n. A level space, often at the top of a rampart, and behind a parapet, on which artillery can be mounted
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The top, platform, or horizontal surface, of a rampart, on which the cannon are placed. See Illust. of casemate.
- n. An embankment of earth with a broad level top, which is sometimes excavated to form a continuation of an elevated canal across a valley.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In fortification, the top, platform, or horizontal surface of a rampart, on which the cannon are placed.
- n. The plane of site or level surface around a field-work.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. level space where heavy guns can be mounted behind the parapet at the top of a rampart
Higher again, upon a terreplein, are lines of tanks laid out with all that lavishness of labour which distinguishes similar works in Syria: it is, however, difficult to assign any date to these constructions.
The exposed foundations of the north-western wall, where the slabs of grit rest upon the sands of the cliff, afforded signs of man in the shape of a jaw-bone, with teeth apparently modern; and above it, in the terreplein, we dug down upwards of a yard, without any result beyond unearthing a fine black scorpion.
The northwest front has now five arches with ramparts fallen in; northeast barbette battery unserviceable; east front scarp much scaled by slant fire, with large craters under traverses; principal injury at level of arches and terreplein; two-thirds of southern wall east of magazine damaged; stone abutment unhurt and protected by rubbish; gorge not damaged since yesterday.
It is true their hot shots fired the wooden barracks on the terreplein of the fort, and this, while burning, may have, as alleged, endangered the magazine, but the barracks soon burned out.
Towards noon the effect of the fire was to carry away at one fall four rampart arches on the northeast front with terreplein platform and guns, thus leaving on this front only one arch and a half which are adjacent to the east spiral stair.
But the remaining side, toward the land, has some heights; and the ground is such that a trench can be opened up to the wall, which has no terreplein.
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The latter has no terreplein, and is seven palmos in height.
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At Hissar he ascended the mountain, and, standing on the terreplein of the precipice in front of what is now Robert College, he marked the narrowness of the Bosphorus below, and thinking of the military necessity for a crossing defended on both shores, he selected a site for
The garrison of the fort is 650 men, and fully that number were in and about the work, their tents being pitched inside the Redan or on the terreplein of the parapets.
A portion of the brick curtain had crumbled, but through the breach was seen a massive terreplein, well moated, which, after six thousand shots already delivered on the outer wall -- still remained uninjured.