Complete Definition of "circumvallation"

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Etymology
From circumvallate.

Pronunciation
IPA|/sɜ:kəmvæˈleɪʃən/

Noun
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  1. A rampart or other defensive entrenchment.

#*1761: and in a word, would intrench and fortify them round with as many circumvallations and breast-works, as my uncle Toby would a citadel. — Laurence Sterne, The Life & Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman, vol. 3 (Penguin 2003, p. 201)
#*1819: The Saxon architect had exhausted his art in rendering the main keep defensible, and there was no other circumvallation than a rude barrier of palisades. — Walter Scott, Ivanhoe

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