• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Hornwork (Fort) An outwork composed of two demibastions joined by a curtain. It is connected with the works in rear by long wings.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n hornwork In fortification, a work with one front only, thrown out beyond the glacis, for the purpose of occupying rising ground, barring a defile, covering a bridge-head, strengthening any weak salient, or protecting buildings, the including of which in the original enceinte would have extended it to an inconvenient degree. The front consists of two demibastions connected by a curtain, and usually defended, as in an independent fortress itself, by tenail, ravelin, and covered way. The flanks are protected by ditches, and run straight upon the ravelin, bastion, or curtain of the main defense, so that the ditch may be swept by the latter.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Hornwork (fort.) an outwork having angular points or horns, and composed of two demi-bastions joined by a curtain
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. horn; Scand. and Ger. horn, Gael. and W. corn, L. cornu, Gr. keras.


In literature:

These were placed in a kind of hornwork thrown out to the right front.
"The Unveiling of Lhasa" by Edmund Candler

In poetry:

"From the batteried hornwork the cannoneers
Hove crashing balls of iron fire;
On the shaking gap mount the volunteers
In files, and as they mount expire
Amid curses, groans, and cheers.
"San Sebastian" by Thomas Hardy