Definition of Ravelin

1. n. A detached work with two embankments which make a salient angle. It is raised before the curtain on the counterscarp of the place. Formerly called demilune, and half-moon.



Definition of Ravelin

1. Noun. A fortification outside a castle used to split an attacking force; composed of two faces, forming a salient angle whose gorge resembles a half-moon ¹

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Definition of Ravelin

1. a type of fortification [n -S] - See also: fortification

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Ravelin

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ravager
ravagers
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ravehook
ravel
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ravelin (current term)
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Literary usage of Ravelin

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1. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences and General (1890)
"His great innovation, however, consisted in placing tbo ravelin and its n • Im;'»' in advance of the glacis of the body of the place, and forming in front ..."

2. A Dictionary of Science, Literature, & Art: Comprising the Definitions and by George William Cox (1867)
"The addition of the redoubt in the ravelin tends also to prolong the defence. ... The ravelin is made to cover the shoulder of the bastion more effectually ..."

3. A Dictionary of Science, Literature, & Art: Comprising the Definitions and by George William Cox (1867)
"He increased the size of the ravelin, and gave it a redoubt. ... In Vauban's first system the ravelin is much too small, the defects of which are: (1) that ..."

4. History of the Peninsular War by Robert Southey (1828)
"The ravelin Meantime the main attacks of the besiegers were directed against the ravelin which was now the main defence of Monjuic. ..."

5. Encyclopædia Britannica: Or, A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and by Colin MacFarquhar, George Gleig (1797)
"For when the ditch is dry, the part plate the pi ice to the ravelin becomes ... for by that means the ravelin may be a much better defence, ..."

6. A Concise Etymological Dictionary of the English Language by Walter William Skeat (1901)
"ravelin, a detached work in fortification, with two embankments raised before the ... F. ravelin. Re-, Red-, prefix, again. (F. —L. ; or L,) L. re-, ..."

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