1. An earthwork wall used for military defense; a rampart.
2. The process of planning or erecting earth fortifications.

[Late Latin vallātiō, vallātiōn-, from Latin vallātus, past participle of vallāre, to surround with a rampart, from vallum, rampart, from vallus, stake.]

val′la·to′ry (văl′ə-tôr′ē) adj.
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1. (Fortifications) the act or process of building fortifications
2. (Fortifications) a wall or rampart
[C17: from Late Latin vallātiō, from vallum rampart]
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