redoubt(redirected from redoubts)
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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.]
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]
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.
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|Noun||1.||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
|2.||redoubt - an entrenched stronghold or refuge|