Definitions for outworkˌaʊtˈwɜrk; ˈaʊtˌwɜrk
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
out•workˌaʊtˈwɜrk; ˈaʊtˌwɜrk(v.; n.; v.t.)
to work harder, better, or faster than.
to work out or carry on to a conclusion; finish.
(n.)a defensive structure established outside the limits of a larger fortification.
Origin of outwork:
subsidiary defensive structure lying outside the main fortified area
"the outworks of the castle"
A minor, subsidiary fortification built beyond the main limits of fortification.
To work out to a finish; to complete.
To work faster or harder than.
An outwork is a minor defense, fortification, built or established outside the principal fortification limits, detached or semidetached. Outworks were developed in the 16th century, such as ravelins, lunettes, caponiers to shield bastions and fortification curtains from direct battery. Later the increasing scale of warfare and the greater resources available to the besieger accelerated this development, and systems of outworks grew more and more elaborate and sprawling as a means of slowing the attacker's progress and making it more costly.
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