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Meaning of CONTRAVALLATION

 
Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Con`tra*val*la"tion\, n. [Pref. contra- +
vallation: cf. F. contrevallation. Cf. {Countervallation}.]
(Fort.)
A trench guarded with a parapet, constructed by besiegers, to
secure themselves and check sallies of the besieged.

 
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