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Casemate

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Casemate (Fort) A bombproof chamber, usually of masonry, in which cannon may be placed, to be fired through embrasures; or one capable of being used as a magazine, or for quartering troops.
    • Casemate (Arch) A hollow molding, chiefly in cornices.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n casemate In fortification: A vault of stone or brickwork, usually built in the thickness of the rampart of a fortress, and pierced in front with embrasures, through which artillery may be fired.
    • n casemate A shell-proof vault of stone or brick designed to protect troops, ammunition, etc.
    • n casemate An embrasure.
    • n casemate The armored bulkhead surrounding guns in iron-clad ships of war, and pierced with portholes through which the guns are run out.
    • n casemate An erroneous form of casement, .
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Casemate kās′māt any bomb-proof vaulted chamber, even when merely used as quarters for the garrison:
    • n Casemate kās′māt (orig.) a loopholed gallery, from which the garrison of a fort could fire upon an enemy who had obtained possession of the ditch
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. casemate, fr. It. casamatta, prob. from casa, house + matto, f. matta, mad, weak, feeble, dim. from the same source as E. -mate, in checkmate,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.; der. uncertain.

Usage

In literature:

This proved to be the Indianola, armed with two eleven-inch guns forward and two nine-inch aft, all in iron casemates.
"Destruction and Reconstruction:" by Richard Taylor
The six-inch armoured casemates on either side seemed to crumble away.
"The World Peril of 1910" by George Griffith
After my detachment had abandoned the casemate opposite the Blakely gun, to my great astonishment the battery I had left recommenced firing.
"Reminiscences of Forts Sumter and Moultrie in 1860-'61" by Abner Doubleday
Life to me was now as stagnant as the ditch round the fortress; all feeling was as languid as the heavy air of our casemates.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine - Volume 55, No. 343, May 1844" by Various
The "Merrimac's" funnel was down, and the smoke from her furnace-room was pouring low over her casemate.
"Famous Sea Fights" by John Richard Hale
Casem talked to no purpose.
"Eastern Tales by Many Story Tellers" by Various
It entered the port-casemate forward, killed three men standing at the gun, and plunged into the boiler.
"The Naval History of the United States" by Willis J. Abbot
In the casemates were fourteen of the latter caliber.
"Admiral Farragut" by A. T. Mahan
The vessel settles to the guards, to the ports, to the top of the casemate, reels, and with a lurch disappears.
"My Days and Nights on the Battle-Field" by Charles Carleton Coffin
The French artillery fire broke up the attack between Hurtebise and the Casemates Plateau before it could develop.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume VI (of VIII)" by Various
But we neglect to construct casemated batteries!
"A Rebel War Clerk's Diary at the Confederate States Capital" by John Beauchamp Jones
But the casemate guns were kept in full play, and the fight became a very severe one.
"Elsie at Viamede" by Martha Finley
Hugues, nee Davennes des Meloises.= =WM= Casemate made for, 87.
"The Makers of Canada: Index and Dictionary of Canadian History" by Various
It had but a single entrance, with very strong casemates.
"Alida" by Amelia Stratton Comfield
The lower casemates were soon after filled with sand-bags, the guns having been removed.
"The Boys of '61" by Charles Carleton Coffin
The casemates are being constructed.
"The Pocket Bible or Christian the Printer" by Eugène Sue
The dead bodies that filled the casemates were added to the mass, and fire was set to the whole.
"Historic Handbook of the Northern Tour" by Francis Parkman
The parapet is, of course, damaged, but the casemate embrasures are uninjured.
"The Civil War in America" by William Howard Russell
My first and last misdemeanour was the striking of a match on the paint of a casemate.
"Admirals of the British Navy" by Francis Dodd
To them the nightly flight to the casemate is no longer a wild adventure.
"Current History, Vol. VIII, No. 3, June 1918" by Various
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In news:

35 The flip-out stand built into the plastic and rubber Casemate Pop.
35 Casemate lets you make your own custom case by uploading a combination of pictures or logos and printing them on a flexible, sturdy shell.
Common and Fergie Co-Host CaseMate 's Fashion Week '12 Bash at Times Square.
( Courtesy of the Casemate Museum / June 17, 2011 ).
( Courtesy of the Casemate Museum / May 19, 2011 ).
Common and Fergie Co-Host CaseMate's Fashion Week '12 Bash at Times Square.
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