[ kon-truh-vuh-ley-shuhn ]
/ ˌkɒn trə vəˈleɪ ʃən /
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noun Fortification.

a more or less continuous chain of redoubts and breastworks raised by besiegers outside the line of circumvallation of a besieged place to protect the besiegers from attacks from the outside, as by a relieving force.



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Origin of contravallation

1670–80; contra-1 + vallation; compare French contrevallation, Italian contravvallazione
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/ (ˌkɒntrəvəˈleɪʃən) /


fortifications built by besiegers around the place besieged

Word Origin for contravallation

C17: from contra- + Latin vallātiō entrenchment; compare French contrevallation
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