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Samuel Johnson's Dictionary


    a term in fortification. A covered lodgment, of about four or five feet broad, encompassed with a little parapet of about two feet high, serving to support planks laden with earth. This lodgment contains fifteen or twenty soldiers, and is usually placed at the extremity of the counterscarp, having little embrasures made in them, through which they fire. John Harris

    Etymology: Fr.


  1. caponniere

    A caponier is a type of defensive structure in a fortification. Fire from this point could cover the ditch beyond the curtain wall to deter any attempt to storm the wall. The word originates from the French caponnière, meaning "chicken coop" (a capon is a castrated male chicken). In some types of bastioned fortifications, the caponier served as a means of access to the outworks, protecting troops from direct fire; they were often roofless. Although they could be used for firing along the ditch, the flanks of the bastions were the main defence of the ditch by fire. In later polygonal forts, caponiers were often roofed, and were not intended as a type of covered way, but as the main way of keeping the ditch clear of the enemy.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. caponniere

    In fortification, a passage across the bottom of the ditch, covered, at the least, by a parapet on each side, and very generally also with a bomb-proof roof, when it may be furnished with many guns, which are of great importance in the defence of a fortress, as the besieger can hardly silence them till he has constructed batteries on the brink of the ditch.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of caponniere in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of caponniere in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

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