martello tower

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n martello tower a circular masonry fort for coastal defence
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Martello tower (Fort) A building of masonry, generally circular, usually erected on the seacoast, with a gun on the summit mounted on a traversing platform, so as to be fired in any direction.☞ The English borrowed the name of the tower from Corsica in 1794.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
It. martello, hammer. The name was orig. given to towers erected on the coasts of Sicily and Sardinia for protection against the pirates in the time of Charles the Fifth, which prob. orig. contained an alarm bell to be struck with a hammer. See Martel

Usage

In literature:

Magdalen drew her hand from the captain's arm, and led the way to the mound of the martello tower.
"No Name" by Wilkie Collins
To surprise the Martello Tower and take the feeble garrison thereunder, was the work of Tom Coxswain and a few of his blue-jackets.
"Burlesques" by William Makepeace Thackeray
This is called a Martello tower, but I could not learn who built it.
"Baddeck and That Sort of Thing" by Charles Dudley Warner
The lugger lying off in that cove to the north of Rozel Head, below the old martello tower.
"A Fascinating Traitor" by Richard Henry Savage
Batteries and martello towers were designed for its protection especially around Hythe and Dymchurch.
"William Pitt and the Great War" by John Holland Rose
A martello tower at the entrance of the bay of Gaeta beat off H.M.S.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
His poetry stands like a Martello tower by the side of his subject.
"Hazlitt on English Literature" by Jacob Zeitlin
For a time the land was but a line of rock, with martello towers perched upon the points.
"An American Girl Abroad" by Adeline Trafton
On the road to St. Sampson, opposite the Martello tower, number 1, stand three stones, arranged in the form of steps.
"Toilers of the Sea" by Victor Hugo
Here are coast-defences more stubborn than Martello towers, more terrible than militia men, more vigilant even than a Channel fleet.
"Punch - Volume 25 (Jul-Dec 1853)" by Various
All along the coast here stand the Martello towers, monuments to the hysteria of a former day.
"Hastings and Neighbourhood" by Walter Higgins
The town was soon in flames, the shipping in the harbour sank, and the martello tower was blown to pieces.
"The Great War in England in 1897" by William Le Queux
Martello towers must be built within short distances all round the coast.
"My Lords of Strogue, Vol. II (of III)" by Lewis Wingfield
On the beach, below where the martello tower had stood, I discovered many fragments of bricks among the rock debris.
"Nooks and Corners of the New England Coast" by Samuel Adams Drake
Great preparations were then making for building forts and Martello towers along the coast, to oppose any invasion.
"The History of Margaret Catchpole" by Richard Cobbold
There are also several of the Martello towers of the Napoleonic era.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 13, Slice 1" by Various
The little bay is defended by a martello tower and battery.
"Guernsey Pictorial Directory and Stranger's Guide" by Thomas Bellamy
In time we reach Carrigan Head, with its martello tower, seven hundred feet odd over the Atlantic.
"Mearing Stones" by Joseph Campbell
It was just as they passed the third Martello tower that her hand crept under his arm.
"The Incredible Honeymoon" by E. Nesbit
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