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barbette

[bahr-bet] /bɑrˈbɛt/
noun
1.
(within a fortification) a platform or mound of earth from which guns may be fired over the parapet instead of through embrasures.
2.
Navy. an armored cylinder for protecting the lower part of a turret on a warship.
Origin of barbette
1765-1775
1765-75; < French, equivalent to barbe beard + -ette -ette, probably from the general metaphorical use of barbe for something which protrudes or faces outward

Barbette

[bahr-bet] /bɑrˈbɛt/
noun
1.
a female given name, form of Barbara.
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Historical Examples
  • All we have to do is to get her off, bend on a sail or two, and head her for Bonacca or barbette.

  • Major Anderson replied with his barbette guns from the fort.

    Robert Toombs Pleasant A. Stovall
  • Each of these ships had a barbette armed with a 10-inch gun fore and aft.

    Famous Sea Fights John Richard Hale
  • Rope mantlets are used on the breeches of some of the barbette guns.

    Pictures of Southern Life William Howard Russell
  • With her barbette guns she sat as low in the water as a whaler.

    Avarice-Anger: Eugne Sue
  • The cannon were well mounted, and placed in barbette and embrasure.

    Martyria Augustus C. Hamlin
  • Go in, and say to his wife: 'Good-day, Becaniere,' and barbette will hide you.

    The Chouans Honore de Balzac
  • The room in which she waited for barbette was the whole house.

    The Chouans Honore de Balzac
  • barbette again took his hand, grasped it violently, and dragged him into the house.

    The Chouans Honore de Balzac
  • Hulot was saying to barbette, who had sought him out as soon as she had reached Fougeres.

    The Chouans Honore de Balzac
British Dictionary definitions for barbette

barbette

/bɑːˈbɛt/
noun
1.
(formerly) an earthen platform inside a parapet, from which heavy guns could fire over the top
2.
an armoured cylinder below a turret on a warship that protects the revolving structure and foundation of the turret
Word Origin
C18: from French, diminutive of barbe a nun's barb1, from a fancied similarity between the earthwork around a cannon and this part of a nun's habit
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