a shellproof or armored enclosure with openings for guns, as in a fortress wall or on a warship
Origin of casemateFrench ; from Italian casamatta ; from Classical Greek chasmata, plural of chasma, opening, chasm; altered by associated, association with Italian casa, house + matto, dim, dark
- A fortified enclosure for artillery on a warship.
- An armored compartment for artillery on a rampart.
Origin of casemateFrench, from Italian casamatta : perhaps casa, house (from Latin casa) + matto, mad, crazy (from Latin mattus, drunk, past participle of mad&emacron;re, to be drunk).