Terreplein meaning

tĕrə-plān
A platform or level ground surface on which heavy guns are mounted.
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A level platform behind a parapet, rampart, etc., where guns are mounted.
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(military) A level space, often at the top of a rampart, and behind a parapet, on which artillery can be mounted.
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Origin of terreplein

  • French terreplein from Italian terrapieno from terrapienare to fill with earth terra earth (from Latin ters- in Indo-European roots) pieno full (from Latin plēnus pelə-1 in Indo-European roots)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition