ravelin


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ravelin

(ˈrævlɪn)
n
(Fortifications) fortifications an outwork having two embankments at a salient angle
[C16: from Italian ravellino a little bank, from riva bank, from Latin rīpa]
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For what dread of want or poverty that can reach or harass the student can compare with what the soldier feels, who finds himself beleaguered in some stronghold mounting guard in some ravelin or cavalier, knows that the enemy is pushing a mine towards the post where he is stationed, and cannot under any circumstances retire or fly from the imminent danger that threatens him?
In his "The Sforza Horse in Context," Carlo Pedretti proposes, on the basis of evidence which he himself admits to be thin, both that the horse was to have had its head reined in and that the statue was to have been mounted on a ravelin in front of the main gate of the Castello Sforzesco.
Revealed during excavation, it led to the ravelin protecting the city gate.