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.
Mullen draws attention to the feminine-sounding terms we use to describe the conquering of territory (hills are "breasted") and hyperbolically inflates the defensive rhetoric of women's wear: there's an "armed guard" at the "breastwork," a woman's armor is "brassier[e]." "Shields" acts both as noun and verb, military tool and undergarment.
The service wall was only 3 m broad, 30palmos (7.5 m) high, and equipped with breastwork and merlons on either side.
The best over-all shape is approximately tear-drop, the upper end rounded off, the deep end at the dam somewhat flattened across the inner surface of the breastwork.
The most likely explanation is that they are projecting stones or beams on which the parapet or breastwork ([GREEK TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII]) rested.' Herodotus' use of the word has also caused trouble; `in rows' or `with prows pointing out to sea' are the two commonest of various translations.
The eroded debris accumulating offshore was an increasing hazard to navigation, and through the 1820s led to innumerable requests for a "breakwater pier." The Queen's Wharf, completed in 1833, seems to have been a less than adequate response, and through the 1840s citizens continued to throw brush "along the beach to keep the sand from washing away." We read that in the 1850s others were exacerbating the problem by "cutting down the banks of the Harbour and carting soil into the Bay without any breastwork, [doing] much mischief." Even as plans were under way for a broad walkway above the beach and lake level, that same land was fast sliding into the lake.
The existing 1970s timber groynes and breastwork defences just weren't up to the job.
At most, there were about 100 Sharpshooters left to defend their breastwork. Adjutant Edward Buckbee remained their only officer.
A breastwork was erected around the camp, and the outlying piquets improved with sangars, loopholed stone walls and abbatis.
My research project culminated in the monograph Breastwork: Rethinking Breastfeeding.
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.