His smile reassured her, sapping the ire and replacing it with peace.
The demon's pacing was frantic, both distracting her and sapping her strength.
Chat or chatchasteil) was a movable pent-house used to protect besiegers when approaching a wall or gateway, for the purpose of sapping, mining or direct attack, or to cover a ram or other battering-engine.
He took no heed of the warnings uttered by those sage counsellors, Cambaceres and Talleyrand, against an invasion of Russia, while "the Spanish ulcer" was sapping the strength of the empire at the other extremity.
By this time the besiegers were sapping under the escarps of the northern forts, and it would have been better to delay.
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