case|mate

case|mate
case|mate «KAYS mayt», noun.
1. a bombproof chamber in a fort or rampart, with openings from which cannon may be fired: »

Every conqueror added a few casemates, a few walls, until it [Luxembourg] became the strongest of European strongpoints (Saturday Night).

2. an armoured enclosure protecting guns on a warship.
[< Middle French casemate < Italian casamatta (influenced by casa house), earlier camata, apparently < Greek chásmata openings, plural of chásma chasm]

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