• WordNet 3.6
    • n barbette (formerly) a mound of earth inside a fort from which heavy gun can be fired over the parapet
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Barbette (Fort) A mound of earth or a platform in a fortification, on which guns are mounted to fire over the parapet.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n barbette The platform or breastwork of a fortification, from which cannon may be fired over the parapet instead of through embrasures.
    • n barbette A cylindrical armored structure built up in the interior of a war-ship and projecting above the deck. The barbette contains a rotary platform and its supports, with part of the machinery by means of which the platform is turned. On the rotary platform one or more heavy guns are mounted so that they can be fired over the top of the barbette. The top of the barbette and the guns are protected to a greater or less extent by a shield carried on the gun-platform. The covering shield may become so extensive and so heavily armored as completely to cover the rear part of the guns, the loading and sighting mechanism, etc. The rotary part is then called a turret and the combination is called a barbette-turret. The heavy guns of almost all modern battle-ships are mounted in barbette-turrets.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Barbette bar-bėt′ an earthen terrace inside the parapet of a rampart, serving as a platform for heavy guns: in ironclad ships, a heavily armoured redoubt amidships.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. Cf. Barbet
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary


In literature:

They noticed quite a crowd of officers and men about a certain large barbette, and Captain Badger led them in that direction.
"Tom Swift and his Giant Cannon" by Victor Appleton
Asie led Nucingen to the Rue Barbette, where, in furnished lodgings kept by an upholsterer, he was led up to the fourth floor.
"Scenes from a Courtesan's Life" by Honore de Balzac
Go in, and say to his wife: 'Good-day, Becaniere,' and Barbette will hide you.
"The Chouans" by Honore de Balzac
Miss Betsy Barbett had dislocated her wrist.
"The Booming of Acre Hill" by John Kendrick Bangs
The barbette tower is covered by a steel plate, shown in Fig.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 586, March 26, 1887" by Various
From the casements and barbette guns issue a flame and smoke, while the air is filled with flying shot.
"History of Kershaw's Brigade" by D. Augustus Dickert
The guns are protected by breastworks, turrets or barbettes, the other parts of the ship being unprotected.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 803, May 23, 1891" by Various
A fatigue tomorrow of 100 men for Smith's Barbette.
"The Campaign of 1776 around New York and Brooklyn" by Henry P. Johnston
In the neighbourhood of the Porte St. Martin there is a street known as the Rue Barbette.
"The Albert Gate Mystery" by Louis Tracy
One good shot may smash through a barbette, anyway.
"Young Glory and the Spanish Cruiser" by Walter Fenton Mott
Round the barbettes of the ships sacks of coal were stacked as an emergency method of strengthening these defences.
"Famous Sea Fights" by John Richard Hale
Between the two semi-domes the figure of a man rises above the wall to his middle, suggesting the existence of a barbette within.
"A History of Art in Chaldæa & Assyria, v. 1" by Georges Perrot
Even in the older days discussion had arisen freely on the relative merits of barbette and casemate mounting.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 5" by Various
In the salient of one of the lunettes is a small brass four-pounder, mounted in barbette upon a wooden platform.
"Narrative of the March of Co. A, Engineers from Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, to Fort Bridger, Utah, and Return" by William P. Seville
With her barbette guns she sat as low in the water as a whaler.
"Avarice-Anger:" by Eugène Sue
From all sides flame rushed from turrets and barbettes in vivid flashes, while the Maxims in the tops poured out their deadly showers of bullets.
"The Great War in England in 1897" by William Le Queux
The cannon were well mounted, and placed in barbette and embrasure.
"Martyria" by Augustus C. Hamlin
Barbette and guns disappeared in a blinding blaze of flame.
"The World Masters" by George Griffith
It was a parallelogram, and mounted barbette guns only.
"Nooks and Corners of the New England Coast" by Samuel Adams Drake
Rope mantlets are used on the breeches of some of the barbette guns.
"The Civil War in America" by William Howard Russell

In news:

Kim Bartmann, owner of Cafe Barbette, Pat's Tap, Bryant-Lake Bowl and the Red Stag, has begun construction on a new diner , to be called Tiny Diner , on 38th Street, near Chicago Avenue, in Minneapolis.
Kim Bartmann, owner of Cafe Barbette, Pat's Tap, Bryant-Lake Bowl and the Red Stag, has begun construction on a new diner, to be called Tiny Diner, on 38th Street, near Chicago Avenue, in Minneapolis.