Bastile
Bastile Bas*tile" Bastille Bas*tille"(b[.a]s*t[=e]l" or b[.a]s"t[-e]l; 277), n. [F. bastille fortress, OF. bastir to build, F. b[^a]tir.] [1913 Webster] 1. (Feud. Fort.) A tower or an elevated work, used for the defense, or in the siege, of a fortified place. [1913 Webster]

The high bastiles . . . which overtopped the walls. --Holland. [1913 Webster]

2. ``The Bastille'', formerly a castle or fortress in Paris, used as a prison, especially for political offenders; hence, a rhetorical name for a prison. [1913 Webster]


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