Contravallation Con`tra*val*la"tion, n. [Pref. contra- + vallation: cf. F. contrevallation. Cf. {Countervallation}.] (Fort.) A trench guarded with a parapet, constructed by besiegers, to secure themselves and check sallies of the besieged. [1913 Webster]

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  • contravallation — [kän΄trə və lā′shən] n. [Fr contrevallation < L contra, counter + vallatio, entrenchment < vallum, WALL] a fortification set up to protect a besieging force from attack by the defenders of the besieged place or by a relieving force from the …   English World dictionary

  • Contravallation — Beispiel mit Belagerungs und Verteidigungsring bei der Schlacht von Alesia Unter Circumvallation (v. lat.: circum = um ... herum + vallum = Wall) versteht man eine Befestigung durch einen Wall, der z. B. um eine Stadt herumgeführt wird, meist zu… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • contravallation — /kon treuh veuh lay sheuhn/, n. Fort. a more or less continuous chain of redoubts and breastworks raised by besiegers outside the line of circumvallation of a besieged place to protect the besiegers from attacks from the outside, as by a… …   Universalium

  • contravallation — noun A fortification built around a sieged target by the besiegers …   Wiktionary

  • contravallation — Synonyms and related words: abatis, advanced work, balistraria, bank, banquette, barbed wire entanglement, barbican, barricade, barrier, bartizan, bastion, battlement, breastwork, bulwark, casemate, cheval de frise, circumvallation, counterscarp …   Moby Thesaurus

  • contravallation — n. parapet built encircling a besieged place …   English contemporary dictionary

  • contravallation — con·tra·vallation …   English syllables

  • contravallation — /kɒntrəvəˈleɪʃən/ (say kontruhvuh layshuhn) noun a chain of redoubts and breastworks raised by besiegers about the place invested. {French contrevallation, from contre contra + Late Latin vallātio entrenchment} …   Australian English dictionary

  • contravallation — |kän.trə+ noun ( s) Etymology: modification (influenced by Latin contra ) of French contrevallation, from contre (from Latin contra ) + Late Latin vallation , vallatio rampart, entrenchment more at vallatio …   Useful english dictionary

  • Investment (military) — A reconstructed section of the Alesia investment fortifications …   Wikipedia

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