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redan

[ri-dan]
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noun Fortification.
  1. a V-shaped work, usually projecting from a fortified line.

Origin of redan

1680–90; < French, variant of redent a double notching or jagging, equivalent to re- re- + dent tooth < Latin dent- (stem of dēns)
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Examples from the Web for redan

Historical Examples

  • The approaches to the Malakoff and the Redan were not attended with greater peril.

    King Philip

    John S. C. (John Stevens Cabot) Abbott

  • On the 18th of June he was engaged in the desperate and bloody assault on the Redan.

    Our Soldiers

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • Still more conspicuous was his conduct on the 18th June when attacking the Redan.

    Our Soldiers

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • It was sad to see the number of the bravest of our men who had fallen under the Redan.

    Taking Tales

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • Now came the turn of the British, who had to attack the Redan.

    Taking Tales

    W.H.G. Kingston


British Dictionary definitions for redan

redan

noun
  1. a fortification of two parapets at a salient angle

Word Origin

C17: from French, from earlier redent notching of a saw edge, from re- + dent tooth, from Latin dēns
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