Redoubt
Redoubt Re*doubt" (r?*dout"), n. [F. redoute, fem., It. ridotto, LL. reductus, literally, a retreat, from L. reductus drawn back, retired, p. p. of reducere to lead or draw back; cf. F. r['e]duit, also fr. LL. reductus. See {Reduce}, and cf. {Reduct}, {R['e]duit}, {Ridotto}.] (Fort.) (a) A small, and usually a roughly constructed, fort or outwork of varying shape, commonly erected for a temporary purpose, and without flanking defenses, -- used esp. in fortifying tops of hills and passes, and positions in hostile territory. (b) In permanent works, an outwork placed within another outwork. See F and i in Illust. of {Ravelin}. [Written also {redout}.] [1913 Webster]

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  • Redoubt — Re*doubt , v. t. [F. redouter, formerly also spelt redoubter; fr. L. pref. re re + dubitare to doubt, in LL., to fear. See {Doubt}.] To stand in dread of; to regard with fear; to dread. [R.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Redoubt —   [rɪ daʊt], der, aktiver Vulkan in Alaska, USA, an der Westküste des Cook Inlet, 170 km südwestlich von Anchorage, 3 108 m über dem Meeresspiegel. Bei den letzten Ausbrüchen vom 14. 12. 1989 bis 21. 4. 1990 bedrohten u. a. Schmelzwasser der… …   Universal-Lexikon

  • redoubt — (n.) c.1600, from Fr. redoute, from It. ridotto place of retreat, from M.L. reductus place of refuge, retreat, from L. reduct , pp. stem of reducere to lead or bring back (see REDUCE (Cf. reduce)). The b was added by influence of unrelated… …   Etymology dictionary

  • redoubt — ► NOUN ▪ a temporary or supplementary fortification, typically square or polygonal and without flanking defences. ORIGIN French redoute, from Latin reductus refuge …   English terms dictionary

  • redoubt — [ri dout′] n. [Fr redoute < It ridotta < ML reductus, refuge, orig. pp. of L reducere: see REDUCE] 1. a) a breastwork outside a fortification, to defend approaches, etc. b) a breastwork within a fortification 2. any stronghold …   English World dictionary

  • Redoubt — A redoubt is a fort or fort system usually consisting of an enclosed defensive emplacement outside a larger fort, usually relying on earthworks, though others are constructed of stone or brick.cite web title=Dictionary of Fortifications: Redoubt… …   Wikipedia

  • redoubt — [[t]rɪda͟ʊt[/t]] redoubts N COUNT A redoubt is a place or situation in which someone feels safe because they know that nobody can attack them or spoil their peace. [LITERARY] ...the last redoubt of hippy culture. Syn: haven …   English dictionary

  • redoubt — [17] Redoubt ‘stronghold’ has no etymological connection with doubt (although redoubtable [14] does – it derives from the French ancestor of doubt, which originally meant ‘fear’, and so historically denotes ‘to be feared’). It was borrowed from… …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • redoubt — [17] Redoubt ‘stronghold’ has no etymological connection with doubt (although redoubtable [14] does – it derives from the French ancestor of doubt, which originally meant ‘fear’, and so historically denotes ‘to be feared’). It was borrowed from… …   Word origins

  • redoubt — noun Etymology: French redoute, from Italian ridotto, from Medieval Latin reductus secret place, from Latin, withdrawn, from past participle of reducere to lead back more at reduce Date: circa 1608 1. a. a small usually temporary enclosed… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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