circumvallation

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From circumvallate.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /sɜːkəmvæˈleɪʃən/

Noun[edit]

circumvallation (plural circumvallations)

  1. A rampart or other defensive entrenchment.
    • 1761, Laurence Sterne, The Life & Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman, vol. 3, Penguin 2003, p. 201:
      [...] and in a word, would intrench and fortify them round with as many circumvallations and breast-works, as my uncle Toby would a citadel.
    • 1819, Walter Scott, Ivanhoe:
      The Saxon architect had exhausted his art in rendering the main keep defensible, and there was no other circumvallation than a rude barrier of palisades.

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