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Casemate

Casemate \Case"mate\, n. [F. casemate, fr. It. casamatta, prob. from casa house + matto, f. matta, mad, weak, feeble, dim. from the same source as E. -mate in checkmate.]

  1. (Fort.) A bombproof chamber, usually of masonry, in which cannon may be placed, to be fired through embrasures; or one capable of being used as a magazine, or for quartering troops.

  2. (Arch.) A hollow molding, chiefly in cornices.

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casemate

n. 1 A bombproof chamber, usually of masonry, in which cannon may be placed, to be fired through embrasures; or one capable of being used as a magazine, or for quartering troops. 2 A hollow molding, chiefly in cornices.

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Casemate

A casemate, sometimes erroneously rendered casement, is a fortified gun emplacement or armored structure from which guns are fired. Originally, the term referred to a vaulted chamber in a fortress. In armoured fighting vehicles that do not have a turret for the main gun, the structure that accommodates the gun is termed the casemate.

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A moment after, coming out of one of the casemates, her head-dress got slightly out of order, and she begged that I would remedy the accident, but, having to bend her head down, the state in which I was could no longer remain a secret for her.

As the fleet had to cease firing to allow the charge, the Rebels ran out of their casemates and, manning the parapet, opened such a fire of musketry that the brigade from the fleet was driven back, but the soldiers made a lodgment on the land face.

Captain Otei returned to the top of the rear wall, then slowly walked the circuit of the walls before descending to tour the casemates and praise the tired gunners, all gunpowder-black now, no matter their original colors.

Representative Miot was reserved for the tortures of the casemates of Africa.

For three weeks we played every night in the venerable casemates of Metz, long a city of garrisons and once a Roman outpost.

These were, he knew, the casemates, the places where the big guns had sat overlooking the Narrows.

Hours later, after he had rested in the palace, changed his bloody, befouled clothing, and washed his faceblood having sprung from his ears, nose, and even the corners of his eyes as he had lain on the ground outside the wallshe and Captain Otei returned to the top of the rear wall, then slowly walked the circuit of the walls before descending to tour the casemates and praise the tired gunners, all gunpowder-black now, no matter their original colors.

The entire fleet bore marks of the handiwork of the rebels, in the shape of battered casemates, broken chimneys, and shattered upper works.

Both chimneys had either been broken off by branches of trees or shattered by a shell, and her casemates were pierced in a hundred places.

What a pleasant summer evening would have awaited us, drinking soda pop through a straw at the Café Weitzke after depositing the drum, if the battleships Schleswig and Schleswig-Holstein had not been riding at anchor in the harbor mouth across from the Westerplatte, displaying their grim steel flanks, their double revolving turrets, and casemate guns.

Inspection of Concrete, or Barbaric, Mystical, Bored          For three weeks we played every night in the venerable casemates of Metz, long a city of garrisons and once a Roman outpost.

Benjamin Tyson stood in front of the tunnel-like opening of a large artillery casemate and faced a group of about twenty senior citizens crowded around waiting expectantly for his next piece of useless information.

Tyson laid his hand on a four-foot-high section of black wrought iron fence that ran the six-foot width of the casemate opening.

Then the lowest level of casemate ports had swung open, the barrels of full cannon and cannon-royals had been run out and then touched off, all of them at point-blank range and all loaded to almost the muzzle-bands with tightly packed langragechopped-up metal scrap, imperfect small-aims balls, shovelsful of gravel and shards of broken glass bottles.

The governor was a sort of happy farmer, harvesting wines, figs, oil, and oranges, preserving his citrons and cedrats in the sun of his casemates.