- (within a fortification) a platform or mound of earth from which guns may be fired over the parapet instead of through embrasures.
- Navy. an armored cylinder for protecting the lower part of a turret on a warship.
Origin of barbette
- a female given name, form of Barbara.
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Examples from the Web for barbette
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:
- (formerly) an earthen platform inside a parapet, from which heavy guns could fire over the top
- an armoured cylinder below a turret on a warship that protects the revolving structure and foundation of the turret
C18: from French, diminutive of barbe a nun's barb 1, from a fancied similarity between the earthwork around a cannon and this part of a nun's habit
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