Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An earthwork wall used for military defense; a rampart.
  • n. The process of planning or erecting earth fortifications.

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  • n. A rampart or entrenchment.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A rampart or intrenchment.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A rampart or intrenchment.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Late Latin vallātiō, vallātiōn-, from Latin vallātus, past participle of vallāre, to surround with a rampart, from vallum, rampart, from vallus, stake.

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Latin vallatio, from vallare to surround with a rampart, from vallum rampart. See wall.

Examples

  • The lines of circum-vallation lapped closer and closer around the devoted city, until the American pickets appeared along the ridges of the nearest hills, and within range of the guns of Santiago, Concepcion, and Xjuoa.

    The Rifle Rangers

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