Terreplein
Terreplein Terre"plein`, n. [F., fr. L. terra earth + planus even, level, plain.] 1. (Fort.) The top, platform, or horizontal surface, of a rampart, on which the cannon are placed. See Illust. of {Casemate}. [1913 Webster]

2. (Civ. Engin.) An embankment of earth with a broad level top, which is sometimes excavated to form a continuation of an elevated canal across a valley. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]


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  • terreplein — Terreplein, m. Ager terrenus. C est une terrasse ou plateforme …   Thresor de la langue françoyse

  • terreplein — [ter′plān΄] n. [Fr < It terrepieno < terrapienare, to fill with earth, terrace < terra (see TERRACE) + pienare, to fill < L plenus, full: see PLENTY] a level platform behind a parapet, rampart, etc., where guns are mounted …   English World dictionary

  • terreplein — noun Etymology: Middle French, from Old Italian terrapieno, from Medieval Latin terraplenum, from terra plenus filled with earth Date: 1591 the level space behind a parapet of a rampart where guns are mounted …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • terreplein — /ter playn , ter euh /, n. Fort. the top platform or horizontal surface of a rampart where guns are mounted. [1585 95; < F < It terrapieno, deriv. of terrapienare to fill with earth; see TERRA, PLENUM] * * * …   Universalium

  • terreplein — noun A level space, often at the top of a rampart, and behind a parapet, on which artillery can be mounted …   Wiktionary

  • terreplein — [ tɛ:pleɪn] noun chiefly historical a level space where a battery of guns is mounted. Origin C16: from Fr. terre plein, from Ital. terrapieno filled with earth …   English new terms dictionary

  • terreplein — terre·plein …   English syllables

  • terreplein — terre•plein [[t]ˈtɛrˌpleɪn, ˈtɛr ə [/t]] n. for a level space behind the parapet of a rampart on which artillery was placed • Etymology: 1585–95; < F < It terrapieno, der. of terrapienare to fill with earth; see terra, plenum …   From formal English to slang

  • terreplein — /ˈtɛəpleɪn/ (say tairplayn), /ˈtɛrə / (say teruh ) noun the top platform or horizontal surface of a rampart, used to support cannon. {French, from terre earth (from Latin terra) + plein full (from Latin plēnus)} …   Australian English dictionary

  • terreplein — n. a level space where a battery of guns is mounted. Etymology: orig. a sloping bank behind a rampart f. F terre plein f. It. terrapieno f. terrapienare fill with earth f. terra earth + pieno f. L plenus full …   Useful english dictionary

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