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[ter-pleyn, ter-uh-]
noun Fortification.
  1. the top platform or horizontal surface of a rampart where guns are mounted.
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Origin of terreplein

1585–95; < French < Italian terrapieno, derivative of terrapienare to fill with earth; see terra, plenum
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Historical Examples of terreplein

  • Traverses to protect the terreplein of the ramparts from enfilade.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 10, Slice 6


  • The latter has no terreplein, and is seven palmos in height.

  • Port Tewfik is the proper name of the place at the station, but most of the people are Frenchmen, and they all call it Terreplein.

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    Oliver Optic

  • The little table, with its vase of flowers brought from the gardens of the Terreplein, was in position.

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  • Salazar concentrated on finishing it, so that cannon could be mounted on its deck or terreplein.

British Dictionary definitions for terreplein


  1. the top of a rampart where guns are placed behind the parapet
  2. an embankment with a level top surface
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Word Origin for terreplein

C16: from French, from Medieval Latin phrase terrā plēnus filled with earth
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