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Martello tower

or martello tower

[mahr-tel-oh] /mɑrˈtɛl oʊ/
noun, Fortification.
a circular, towerlike fort with guns on the top.
Also called martello, Martello.
Origin of Martello tower
named after Cape Mortella, Corsica, where a tower of this kind was taken by British forces in 1794 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • A curve of yellow sand, with here and there a Martello tower, marked the coast-line.

    Mrs. Severn, Vol. 1 (of 3) Mary Elizabeth Carter
  • This is called a Martello tower, but I could not learn who built it.

    Baddeck and That Sort of Thing Charles Dudley Warner
  • Out of the old Spanish Martello tower on the hill, a few Indian prisoners looked down on the animated street below.

    The Conquest Eva Emery Dye
  • His poetry stands like a Martello tower by the side of his subject.

  • The Martello tower was introduced in consequence of an incident of the French revolutionary wars.

  • With bolted handcuffs and leg shackles they were shut up in the old Spanish Martello tower.

    The Conquest Eva Emery Dye
  • Magdalen drew her hand from the captain's arm, and led the way to the mound of the Martello tower.

    No Name Wilkie Collins
  • It was just as they passed the third Martello tower that her hand crept under his arm.

  • It looked, as Fleming the gunner remarked, “like a Martello tower adrift.”

    A Voyage round the World W.H.G. Kingston
  • For this sack of the Martello tower was not the first successful raid for arms which the Fenians had made in that neighbourhood.

British Dictionary definitions for Martello tower

Martello tower

a small circular tower for coastal defence, formerly much used in Europe
Word Origin
C18: after Cape Mortella in Corsica, where the British navy captured a tower of this type in 1794
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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