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Meaning of MARTELLO TOWER

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
[n]  a circular masonry fort for coastal defence
 
 See Also: fort, fortress

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Mar*tel"lo tow`er\ [It. martello hammer. The
name was orig. given to towers erected on the coasts of
Sicily and Sardinia for protection against the pirates in the
time of Charles the Fifth, which prob. orig. contained an
alarm bell to be struck with a hammer. See {Martel}.] (Fort.)
A building of masonry, generally circular, usually erected on
the seacoast, with a gun on the summit mounted on a
traversing platform, so as to be fired in any direction.

Note: The English borrowed the name of the tower from Corsica
      in 1794.

 

 

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