- an underground explosion of a bomb or mine that does not break the surface, but leaves an enclosed cavity of gas and smoke.
- the pocket formed by such an explosion.
- the bomb or mine so exploded and causing such a pocket.
Origin of camouflet
1830–40; < French: literally, smoke blown in someone's face as a practical joke, Middle French chault moufflet, equivalent to chault hot (< Latin calidus) + moufflet presumably “puff, breath”; compare Walloon dial. moufler to puff up the cheeks; 1st syllable probably conformed to the expressive formative ca- (see cabbage1)
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Examples from the Web for camouflet
We had five men buried by a camouflet—they began at once to recover the bodies.
Having driven the estimated distance to meet the enemy, the question constantly arises, "Will it pay us now to fire a camouflet?"New Zealanders at Gallipoli
Major Fred Waite
The camouflet totally destroys the enemy's gallery, but does not break the surface.
A camouflet is a small mine explosion which does not form a crater, and is calculated to destroy underground workings.
When an enemy mine is being dug, a camouflet destroys it before completion.