barbette

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English[edit]

Gun Diagram (barbette #8)

Etymology[edit]

From French barbette.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

barbette (plural barbettes)

  1. A mound of earth or a platform in a fortification, on which guns are mounted to fire over the parapet.
    • 1990, Peter Hopkirk, The Great Game, Folio Society 2010, p. 276:
      Cleverly camouflaged with grey felt, which exactly matched the colour of the walls, it led upwards to a barbette, or platform, perched beside the gate.
  2. (nautical) The inside fixed trunk of a warship's gun-mounting, on which the turret revolves. It contains the hoists for shells and cordite from the shell-room and magazine.

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From barbe +‎ -ette.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

barbette f (plural barbettes)

  1. (obsolete) small beard
  2. (archaic) cowl
  3. (fortifications) barbette

Italian[edit]

Noun[edit]

barbette f

  1. plural form of barbetta