Maginot Line


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Ma·gi·not Line

 (măzh′ə-nō′, măj′-, mä-zhē-nō′)
n.
A line of fortification constructed in the 1930s along France's border with Germany. Thought to be impregnable, the line was bypassed and later captured by the Germans in 1940.

[After André Maginot, (1877-1932), French politician and minister of war (1922-1924 and 1929-1932) who proposed building the fortifications.]

Maginot line

(ˈmæʒɪˌnəʊ; French maʒino)
n
1. (Historical Terms) a line of fortifications built by France to defend its border with Germany prior to World War II; it proved ineffective against the German invasion
2. (Military) a line of fortifications built by France to defend its border with Germany prior to World War II; it proved ineffective against the German invasion
3. any line of defence in which blind confidence is placed
[named after André Maginot (1877–1932), French minister of war when the fortifications were begun in 1929]

Ma′gi•not line`

(ˈmæʒ əˌnoʊ)
n.
a zone of fortifications erected by France before World War II, but outflanked by a German invasion in 1940.
[1925–30; after AndréMaginot, French minister of war]

Maginot Line

1929–34, A line of French defensive fortifications south of Belgium to the Swiss border. The Belgians refused to extend the line along their German frontier, so the strategy was useless, as proved by the German advance in 1940.
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Noun1.Maginot Line - a fortification built before World War II to protect France's eastern borderMaginot Line - a fortification built before World War II to protect France's eastern border; initially considered to be impregnable, it was easily overrun by the German army in 1940
France, French Republic - a republic in western Europe; the largest country wholly in Europe
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