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[ri-dan] /rɪˈdæn/
noun, Fortification.
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) Unabridged
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  • The approaches to the Malakoff and the redan were not attended with greater peril.

    King Philip

    John S. C. (John Stevens Cabot) Abbott
  • Still more conspicuous was his conduct on the 18th June when attacking the redan.

    Our Soldiers W.H.G. Kingston
  • On the 18th of June he was engaged in the desperate and bloody assault on the redan.

    Our Soldiers W.H.G. Kingston
  • We could not hold the redan till the French had taken the Malakoff.

    Taking Tales 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
  • The repulse of the assailants at the redan did not save Sebastopol for the Russians.

    France and the Republic William Henry Hurlbert
  • I was at the storming of the redan; I was one of the first to mount the breach.

    The Young Lieutenant

    Oliver Optic
  • I have just been in the redan, which exhibits a fearful scene.

  • Our first visit was to the redan, where we were refused admission.

British Dictionary definitions for redan


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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