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[ter-pleyn, ter-uh-] /ˈtɛrˌpleɪn, ˈtɛr ə-/
noun, Fortification
the top platform or horizontal surface of a rampart where guns are mounted.
Origin of terreplein
1585-95; < French < Italian terrapieno, derivative of terrapienare to fill with earth; see terra, plenum Unabridged
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Examples from the web for terreplein
  • View across the courtyard looking southwest from the terreplein on the east side of the fort.
  • The stairway leading to the terreplein or roof of the fort was originally a smooth ramp up which the guns were dragged.
  • The face of the fort is brick, but the terreplein and the banquettes are of sodded dirt.
  • The terreplein should not be less than thirty feet in depth.
British Dictionary definitions for terreplein


the top of a rampart where guns are placed behind the parapet
an embankment with a level top surface
Word Origin
C16: from French, from Medieval Latin phrase terrā plēnus filled with earth
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