Now updated for CSW19. New words, if any, and new inflections of existing words, are shown in red.
|a means of defense formed by felled trees, the ends of whose branches are sharpened and directed outwards, or against the enemy.
|a bomb shelter.
|an artificial mound or elevation for military use.
|a fortress; also, a royal palace. [Arabic al-kasr, the castle].
|an earthen terrace inside the parapet of a rampart.
|a temporary defensive barrier; (verb) to block, to enclose with a barricade.
|a barricade > BARRICADOS; (verb) to barricade > BARRICADOES.
|a tower or an elevated work, used for the defense, or in the siege, of a fortified place. The Bastille was the French prison-cum-fortress stormed by the mob in the French Revolution.
|a fortified house with vaulted ground floor. Cf. BASTILLE.
|in Ireland, the fortification round a house, an enclosure for cattle. [Ir. babhun, enclosure].
|a cover or protection for an advanced trench or approach, formed of FASCINES and earth supported by a framework.
|a wooden or concrete fortification with ports or loopholes for defensive fire, observation, etc.
|in Africa, a thorn enclosure.
|a communication trench > BOYAUX. [Fr. boyau, bowel].
|brattice brattish brettice bretasche bretesse
|a wooden tower used in mediaeval siege operations. The first three variants can also be sued as verbs: to provide with a brattice.
|a part of a parapet breaking from the general direction.
|broch brogh brough
|a dry-built circular tower of the late Iron Age. BROCH can also be used as a verb: to broach.
|a fortification or rampart; (verb) to provide with bulwarks; to serve as a bulwark to.
|a fortified town.
|a work made across or in the ditch, to protect it from the enemy, or to serve as a covered passageway.
|a castle or fortress in a North African town.
|a bombproof chamber or armored compartment.
|furnished with, protected by, or built like, a CASEMATE.
|a small Roman fort, a mile-castle > CASTELLA or CASTELLUMS.
|a fortified house or fortress; (verb) to change king and rook places at chess.
|to surround with a rampart or fortification.
|a fortress in or near a city.
|a fortification built around besieged place.
|a narrow earth band on the outer wall of a defensive ditch.
|a passage cut through a glacis to facilitate sallies by the besieged.
|one of the stockaded islands in Scotland and Ireland which in ancient times were numerous in the lakes of both countries. [Gaelic crann, a tree].
|a zigzag line of fortification.
|an fortifications, a trench sunk along the middle of a dry ditch or moat, serving as a drain, a CUVETTE.
|relating to a CURSUS, an elongated prehistoric earthwork.
|an elongated prehistoric earthwork. Pl. CURSI.
|to plan a fortification so as to protect it or those in it from raking crossfire.
|a bridge or section of a bridge hinged at one end for drawing up and lowering to prevent or permit passage across it or to open or close a channel spanned by it.
|a fortification of earth; an embankment.
|the falling in of the wall of a fortification; a landslip.
|to protect by a bank of earth or stone.
|to scale the walls of a fortress by ladders. Also ESCALADO.
|one who escalades, scales fortress walls by means of ladders.
|the scaling of walls of a fortress by ladders. Pl. ESCALADOES. Also ESCALADE.
|a dike of stakes in a river against an enemy.
|a bundle of brushwood used to fill ditches.
|a small fortress; (verb) to fortify.
|something that fortifies.
|to add strength to; to strengthen.
|a little fort.
|to strengthen with a fortress.
|a ditch or moat.
|having a FOSS, a ditch or moat.
|a kind of palisade; (verb) to fence with such a palisade.
|a wicker or wire basket of earth or rock.
|a traverse made with gabions between guns or on their flanks, protecting them from enfilading fire.
|the part of a fortification built of GABIONS.
|furnished with GABIONS, wicker or wire baskets of earth or rock.
|one of the pieces of sod used to line or cover parapets and the faces of earthworks.
|a gentle slope in fortification.
|a protective shelter for a gun and gunner.
|a pivoted beam with iron spikes, protecting wall, passage, etc. [Fr. herisson, hedghog].
|a fort built on a hill.
|that cannot be taken by attack. [Nothing to do with 'pregnant', but derives from the verb 'prendre', to take, capture, ultimately from L. 'prehendere', to seize].
|the innermost and strongest part of a castle.
|a Russian citadel.
|a defensive ring of ox-wagons; (verb) to arrange wagons in such a ring.
|= LAAGER, a camp; (verb) to make camp.
|the camp of a besieging army; a camp in general; (verb) to besiege.
|an ancient Roman fortified boundary. Pl. LIMITES.
|a circular fort for coastal defence. [Fr. Cape Mortella in Corsica, where one resisted for some time a British cannonade in 1794].
|a belvedere or watchtower. [Sp. mirar, to look, observe].
|to surround with a moat.
|an artificial mound upon which a castle is built.
|to fortify, strengthen.
|a broch-like Sardinian round tower, probably of the Bronze Age. [Sardinian dialect]. Pl. NURAGHI. Also NURHAG.
|relating to NURAGHI, Sardinian round towers.
|a broch-like Sardinian round tower, probably of the Bronze Age. [Sardinian dialect]. Also NURAGHE.
|of or relating to a siege.
|a row of stakes let down like a portcullis.
|a semicircular projection on a bastion to protect flanks.
|a hill fort.
|a fence of stakes used for defensive purposes; (verb) to equip with a palisade. Also PALISADO.
|a fence of stakes used for defensive purposes; (verb) to palisade with a fence of stakes. Pl. PALISADOES. Also PALISADE.
|an earthworks defending against a rear attack. [Fr. parados from L. parare, to prepare + dorsum, back]. Pl. PARADOSES.
|a bank built to provide protection from the enemy's observation and fire; esp. one on top of a wall or rampart, or in front of a trench.
|having a PARAPET.
|a salient angle.
|relating to siegecraft.
|the science of siegecraft.
|a grating of iron or of timbers pointed with iron, hung over the gateway of a fortress, to be let down to prevent the entrance of an enemy.
|a place of defense; a fortress; a garrison.
|to equip with ramparts.
|having RAMPIRES, ramparts.
|a prehistoric hill fort; (adj.) quick, ready > RATHER, RATHEST.
|a field fortification with two parapets meeting at an angle.
|a rough and temporary fortification; (arch.) to fear.
|a keep or stronghold into which a garrison may retire if the outworks are taken.
|to fortify anew.
|earth or materials made into a bank after having been excavated.
|a gateway or opening for making a sally from a fortified place.
|sanga sangar sanger sungar
|a temporary fortification.
|an ESCALADE, the scaling of walls of a fortress by ladders.
|an offset where a wall or bank of earth, etc., retreats, leaving a shelf or footing.
|schanse schantze schanze
|a heap of stones used as protection against rifle-fire.
|a small protective fortification or earthwork; (verb) to entrench, to screen.
|a hole made by a shot, or in a leaf by a boring insect; a hole in a wall for shooting from.
|a barrier of stakes; (verb) to surround with a stockade.
|an outwork in a main fortification ditch.
|an outwork to strengthen the side of a small ravelin.
|a horizontal platform behind a parapet where heavy guns are mounted.
|a wheeled shelter used in assaults for protection from above attacks. [L. testudo, tortoise]. Pl. TESTUDOS or TESTUDINES.
|a tall building, standing alone or forming part of another, e.g. a church; a fortress, castle, with or consisting of a tower.
|like a tower.
|having towers; adorned or defended by towers > TOWERIER, TOWERIEST.
|having a raised rim or rampart.
|the building of a VALLUM or rampart.
|a rampart; a wall of earth thrown up from a ditch. Pl. VALLUMS.
|zareeba zariba zereba zeriba
|an improvised stockade, esp. one made of thorn bushes, etc.