(within a fortification) a platform or mound of earth from which guns may be fired over the parapet instead of through embrasures.
Navy. an armored cylinder for protecting the lower part of a turret on a warship.

1765–75; < French, equivalent to barbe beard + -ette -ette, probably from the general metaphorical use of barbe for something which protrudes or faces outward Unabridged


a female given name, form of Barbara. Unabridged
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barbette (bɑːˈbɛt)
1.  (formerly) an earthen platform inside a parapet, from which heavy guns could fire over the top
2.  an armoured cylinder below a turret on a warship that protects the revolving structure and foundation of the turret
[C18: from French, diminutive of barbe a nun's barb1, from a fancied similarity between the earthwork around a cannon and this part of a nun's habit]

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The work during this period consisted mostly of remodeling the existing barbette batteries rather than new construction.
Instead, the military opted for a more economic alternative by building several barbette batteries.
These fortifications are about a mile apart, and have two or three barbette guns bearing on the bridge-heads.
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