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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 ?
After the loss of the Shevardino Redoubt, we found ourselves on the morning of the twenty-fifth without a position for our left flank, and were forced to bend it back and hastily entrench it where it chanced to be.
The battle of Borodino was not fought on a chosen and entrenched position with forces only slightly weaker than those of the enemy, but, as a result of the loss of the Shevardino Redoubt, the Russians fought the battle of Borodino on an open and almost unentrenched position, with forces only half as numerous as the French; that is to say, under conditions in which it was not merely unthinkable to fight for ten hours and secure an indecisive result, but unthinkable to keep an army even from complete disintegration and flight.
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!
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.
Construct a cover for this redoubt in the same way and of the same material.
He rides past us at a gallop, and makes a sign to us that a great deal depends on our carrying the redoubt. He puts fresh heart into us; we rush forward, I am the first man to reach the gorge.
"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!'"
What to that redoubted harpooneer, John Bull, is poor Ireland, but a Fast-Fish?
All stood astonished at his presumption, but none more than the redoubted Knight whom he had thus defied to mortal combat, and who, little expecting so rude a challenge, was standing carelessly at the door of the pavilion.
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.