Martello tower definition

  • noun:
    • a brief, circular tower, often manufactured from rock and located near a shoreline as a defensive fortification.
    • a brief sturdy round masonry fort, especially one constructed at different seaside points within the British Empire during Napoleonic Wars.
    • a circular masonry fort for seaside defence
  • others:
    • A building of masonry, usually circular, generally erected from the seacoast, with a gun from the summit mounted on a traversing system, in order to be fired in every way.
    • See tower.

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