casemate

[ keys-meyt ]
/ ˈkeɪsˌmeɪt /
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noun

an armored enclosure for guns in a warship.
a vault or chamber, especially in a rampart, with embrasures for artillery.

Nearby words

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  2. casekeeper,
  3. caseload,
  4. casemaker,
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  6. casement,
  7. casement cloth,
  8. casement door,
  9. casement, sir roger david,
  10. caseose

Origin of casemate

1565–75; < Middle French < Old Italian casamatta, alteration (by folk etymology) of Greek chásmata embrasures, literally, openings, plural of chásma chasm

Related formscase·mat·ed, adjectiveun·case·mat·ed, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for casemate

casemate

/ (ˈkeɪsˌmeɪt) /

noun

an armoured compartment in a ship or fortification in which guns are mounted
Derived Formscasemated, adjective

Word Origin for casemate

C16: from French, from Italian casamatta, perhaps from Greek khasmata apertures, plural of khasma chasm

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