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A platform or level ground surface on which heavy guns are mounted.

[French terreplein, from Italian terrapieno, from terrapienare, to fill with earth : terra, earth (from Latin; see ters- in Indo-European roots) + pieno, full (from Latin plēnus; see pelə- in Indo-European roots).]


1. (Fortifications) the top of a rampart where guns are placed behind the parapet
2. (Fortifications) an embankment with a level top surface
[C16: from French, from Medieval Latin phrase terrā plēnus filled with earth]


(ˈtɛrˌpleɪn, ˈtɛr ə-)

a level space behind the parapet of a rampart on which artillery was placed.
[1585–95; < French < Italian terrapieno, derivative of terrapienare to fill with earth; see terra, plenum]
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Noun1.terreplein - level space where heavy guns can be mounted behind the parapet at the top of a rampart
space - an area reserved for some particular purpose; "the laboratory's floor space"
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0406:07:009:001 makes it indeed possible to identify tentatively and tag those sectors of the pre-1564 walls likely to have been (a) largely preserved and adapted; (b) largely pulled down, the new walls being at least in principle incompatible; and (c) largely buried, incorporated within the massive landfill of the new citadel's terreplein. Such tagging, on a georegistered version of Krigsarkivet no.
The Baluarte was demonstrably in place by 1644, but its inner platform (terreplein) remained unfinished.