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1. A fortified enclosure for artillery on a warship.
2. An armored compartment for artillery on a rampart.

[French, from Italian casamatta : perhaps casa, house (from Latin casa) + matto, mad, crazy (from Latin mattus, drunk, past participle of madēre, to be drunk).]

case′mat′ed adj.


(Military) an armoured compartment in a ship or fortification in which guns are mounted
[C16: from French, from Italian casamatta, perhaps from Greek khasmata apertures, plural of khasma chasm]
ˈcaseˌmated adj



a chamber for a gun in a fortification or warship.
[1565–75; < Middle French < Italian casamatta]
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My lord," answered De Chavigny, with a low bow, "I have on the ramparts twenty pieces of artillery and in my casemates thirty thousand guns.
Kim Hjardar; VIKINGS; Casemate Publishers (Nonfiction: History) 12.
Une (1) casemate pour terroristes a ete decouverte et detruite vendredi, a Boumerdes lors d'une une operation de fouille et de ratissage, menee par un detachement de l'Armee nationale populaire (ANP), selon un ministere de la Defense nationale (MDN).
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Overall, Casemate is to be congratulated for seeing fit to bring these works to public view, and one hopes that it will publish others, further illuminating an air war that still fascinates both with the scale of its combat operations and with its influence on subsequent warfare.
Bound to be of broad interest, "Two Soldiers, Two Lost Fronts" is a winner from Casemate.
Casemate, sold out of Peter Makin's yard for 23,000gns in 2005, is also a danger.
IRAN'S NUCLEAR OPTION Tehran's Quest for the Atom Bomb and those who Guard its Secrets By Al J Venter published by Casemate ISBN 1 932033 33 5 price 18.
of Teutoplis, IL, has acquired the CaseMate components division of VT Industries of Holstein, IA.
Une casemate pour terroristes contenant divers objets a ete detruite mardi a Boumerdes, par un detachement de l'Armee nationale populaire (ANP), indique mercredi un communique du ministere de la Defense nationale (MDN).
Philadelphia and Newbury: Casemate, 2011 Photographs of artwork.
Haverstown PA and Newbury UK: Casemate, 2009 [originally published 1918].