- a moat or defensive ditch in a fortification, usually filled with water.
- any ditch, trench, or canal.
Origin of fosse
- Robert LouisBob, 1927–87, U.S. dancer, choreographer, and theater and film director.
Related Words for fossetrench, gully, dike, trough, gorge, moat, pit, foxhole, waterway, eaves, duct, tube, pipe, sewer, culvert, canal, channel, fosse, rut, cut
Examples from the Web for fosse
Contemporary Examples of fosse
Like Fosse did with Cabaret, Marshall excised two major characters: the Narrator and the Mysterious Man.Rob Marshall Defends ‘Into the Woods’
December 9, 2014
Fosse uses poetic dialogue, with rhythmic repetitions and silences, to dramatize life and loneliness.Nobel Literature Prize Favorites for Dummies, According to the Bookies
October 9, 2013
One such thing is Katie Holmes slinking around in all-black and doing her best Fosse while crooning “Hit Me With a Hot Note.”‘American Horror Story’ Sings “The Name Game” and 12 Other Bizarre TV Musical Numbers (VIDEO)
January 8, 2013
I want to be the next Mr. Fosse, and put musicals together and create my own movement.Beyonce's Moment
September 23, 2009
Historical Examples of fosse
Until he, Ercwlf, Descended into the fosse of the rampart, And was covered with sand.Y Gododin
He leaped from the wall into the fosse, a height of thirty feet and upwards.Tom Burke Of "Ours", Volume II (of II)
Charles James Lever
Then she returned, took her banner, and stood on the brink of the fosse.
Standard in hand, the Maid leaped into the fosse near the pig market.
The Count is at this moment cooling his heels in the fosse cell.Doom Castle
- a ditch or moat, esp one dug as a fortification
Word Origin for fosse
early 14c. (late 13c. in place names), "ditch, trench," mid-15c., from Old French fosse "ditch, grave, dungeon" (12c.), from Latin fossa "ditch," in full fossa terra, literally "dug earth," from fem. past participle of fodere "to dig" (see fossil).
The Fosse-way (early 12c.), one of the four great Roman roads of Britain, probably was so called from the ditch on either side of it.