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Meaning of CIRCUMVALLATION

 
Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Cir`cum*val*la"tion\, n. (Mil.)
   (a) The act of surrounding with a wall or rampart.
   (b) A line of field works made around a besieged place and
       the besieging army, to protect the camp of the
       besiegers against the attack of an enemy from without.

 

 

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