• Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Epaulement e-pawl′ment a side-work of a battery or earthwork to protect it from a flanking fire
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—épauler, to protect—épaule, shoulder.


In literature:

We fortified the post by an epaulement or two for cannon, high up on the hillside covering the ferry and the road up New River.
"Military Reminiscences of the Civil War V1" by Jacob Dolson Cox
Probably they intended to dig a gun epaulment from which they could safely pound away at the ship.
"Tales of Wonder" by Baron Edward John Moreton Drax Plunkett Dunsany
On either side, from behind a sandbag epaulement, a 12-pounder and a Maxim thrust forth vigilant eyes.
"From Capetown to Ladysmith" by G. W. Steevens
On Monday night I should send my friend to dinner at the Epaule de Mouton.
"The Gourmet's Guide to Europe" by Algernon Bastard
I crawled up to the epaulment and peered down into the dusty street.
"The Reckoning" by Robert W. Chambers
Epaules et Filets de Chien braises a la Sauce Tomate.
"An Englishman in Paris" by Albert D. (Albert Dresden) Vandam
If the gun stands on the natural surface of the ground, the cover is called an epaulment.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 10, Slice 6" by Various
The workmen are giving it the finishing stroke, and cover the epaulments with gazon.
"History of the Commune of 1871" by P. Lissagary
At the Junction well-constructed battery epaulements were prepared for defence.
"From Manassas to Appomattox" by James Longstreet
They used sandbags, and had gun epaulements besides.
"South Africa and the Transvaal War, Vol. IV (of 6)" by Louis Creswicke