hornwork definition

  • noun:
    • a kind of fortification consisting of a pair of demi-bastions with a curtain wall surface linking all of them sufficient reason for two long sides directed upon the faces associated with bastions, or ravelins associated with the inner fortifications, so as to be defended by all of them.
    • An outwork composed of two demibastions joined by a curtain. It's linked to the works in rear by lengthy wings.
    • In fortification, a-work with one front just, dumped beyond the glacis, for the purpose of occupying rising surface, barring a defile, covering a bridge-head, strengthening any weak salient, or safeguarding structures, the incorporating that when you look at the original enceinte could have extended it to an inconvenient level.

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