- a V-shaped outwork outside the main ditch and covering the works between two bastions.
Origin of ravelin
1580–90; < Middle French, earlier revelin < Italian rivellino, diminutive of riva bank, rim
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Examples from the Web for ravelin
The reason why the ravelin had been at last conceded was revealed.The Rise of the Dutch Republic, Volume II.(of III) 1566-74
John Lothrop Motley
For the ravelin proved a sufficient protection for the besieged.The Story of Chartres
Here Nechaev—in the gloomy Alexis ravelin—was kept a prisoner for life.Comrade Kropotkin
On the other hand, it made the ravelin liable to capture by the gorge.
Ravelin, rav′lin, n. a detached work with two embankments raised before the counterscarp.
- fortifications an outwork having two embankments at a salient angle
C16: from Italian ravellino a little bank, from riva bank, from Latin rīpa