breastwork


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breastwork

[′brest‚wərk]
(ordnance)
Earthwork, constructed wholly or partly above the surface of the ground, which gives protection for defenders in a standing position, firing over the crest.

breastwork

1. Masonry work for a chimney breast.
2. The parapet of a building.
3. A defensive wall, hastily constructed, about breast high, often protecting the summit of a mound.
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Their suppressed voices soon broke into yells of defiance as they swarmed up te hill towards the breastworks of the defenders.
Colonel John Jones, commander of the 35th North Carolina, jumped atop the breastworks and called on his men to follow him.
A breastwork was erected around the camp, and the outlying piquets improved with sangars, loopholed stone walls and abbatis.
This point was vividly driven home to Jedediah Smith and the other members of his shore trading party as they huddled behind a gruesome breastwork of dead and wounded horses.
All night it had rained as the archers drove a bristling breastwork of sharpened stakes that fuzzily chivalric Frenchmen would later try to charge through on their blindered and caparisoned war steeds.
The breastwork against which I am leaning is not more than 200 yards from the enemy's lines.
Make ready, make ready, Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, Make ready, make ready, Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh Look hither, look hither, I build a breastwork for you, Look hither, look hither, I build a breastwork for you A cock and a hen, They attack, attack, attack It is tabu for me to slumber Except to the sound of breakers Your ship is sunk below, Don't think I'm drowned too.
Work gangs cleared and staked out fields of fire, while each regiment was assigned a 100-yard sector along a defensive line of trenches that were protected by a log breastwork topped with sandbags.
the invaders halted and built a rail fence breastwork near the village of Holbrook.
Elizabethtown & were stationed below the town, & employed in throwing up breastworks between the old point & the new point, opposite Staten Island, lodging in tents.