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re·doubt

 (rĭ-dout′)
n.
1. A small, often temporary defensive fortification.
2. A reinforcing earthwork or breastwork within a permanent rampart.
3. A protected place of refuge or defense.

[French redoute, from Italian ridotto, from Medieval Latin reductus, concealed place, from Latin, past participle of redūcere, to withdraw, lead back; see reduce.]

redoubt

(rɪˈdaʊt)
n
1. (Fortifications) an outwork or detached fieldwork defending a pass, hilltop, etc
2. (Fortifications) a temporary defence work built inside a fortification as a last defensive position
[C17: via French from obsolete Italian ridotta, from Medieval Latin reductus shelter, from Latin redūcere to withdraw, from re- + dūcere to lead]

re•doubt

(rɪˈdaʊt)

n.
an independent earthwork built inside or outside a larger fortification.
[1600–10; < French redoute, earlier ridotte < Italian ridotto a refuge, n. use of past participle of redurre to lead back, reduce]

redoubt

- Has no connection to "doubt," but comes from French redoute and Latin reductus, "hidden place, refuge, stronghold."
See also related terms for refuge.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.redoubt - (military) a temporary or supplementary fortification; typically square or polygonal without flanking defenses
fortification, munition - defensive structure consisting of walls or mounds built around a stronghold to strengthen it
armed forces, armed services, military, military machine, war machine - the military forces of a nation; "their military is the largest in the region"; "the military machine is the same one we faced in 1991 but now it is weaker"
2.redoubt - an entrenched stronghold or refuge
stronghold, fastness - a strongly fortified defensive structure
Translations

redoubt

[rɪˈdaʊt] Nreducto m
the last redoubt ofel último reducto de

redoubt

n (Mil) → Redoute f; (inside a fort) → Kasematte f
References in classic literature ?
Construct a cover for this redoubt in the same way and of the same material.
Great mounds had been heaped about the crest of the hill, making a huge redoubt of it--it was the final and largest place the Martians had made--and from behind these heaps there rose a thin smoke against the sky.
In another moment I had scrambled up the earthen ram- part and stood upon its crest, and the interior of the redoubt was below me.
Suppose I was a soldier like you, and ordered to carry a certain redoubt, and you knew I must be killed in the assault, would you not say to me, as you said just now, `Go, father; for you are dishonored by delay, and death is preferable to shame
They were encamped in tents, constructed of the old sails and spare spars of the squadron, within the limits of a redoubt mounted with a few nine-pounders, and surrounded with a fosse.
They cordially hated them; but the impulses of their resentment were neutralized by their dread of the floating batteries, which lay with their fatal tubes ostentatiously pointed, not at fortifications and redoubts, but at a handful of bamboo sheds, sheltered in a grove of cocoanuts
On the twenty-fourth of August the battle of the Shevardino Redoubt was fought, on the twenty-fifth not a shot was fired by either side, and on the twenty-sixth the battle of Borodino itself took place.
That redoubt was quite senseless in front of the position where the battle was accepted.
Had Napoleon not ridden out on the evening of the twenty-fourth to the Kolocha, and had he not then ordered an immediate attack on the redoubt but had begun the attack next morning, no one would have doubted that the Shevardino Redoubt was the left flank of our and the battle would have taken place where we expected it.
He rides past us at a gallop, and makes a sign to us that a great deal depends on our carrying the redoubt.
How did you manage not to die in the gorge of the redoubts at Borodino?
He thought to terrify Aramis by the promptitude of his return; he wished to reproach him with his duplicity, and yet with reserve; but with sufficient spirit, nevertheless, to make him feel all the consequences of it, and force from him a part of his secret He hoped, in short -- thanks to that heat of expression which is to secrets what the charge with the bayonet is to redoubts -- to bring the mysterious Aramis to some manifestation or other.