terreplein

[ter-pleyn, ter-uh-]
noun Fortification.
the top platform or horizontal surface of a rampart where guns are mounted.

Origin:
1585–95; < French < Italian terrapieno, derivative of terrapienare to fill with earth; see terra, plenum

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terreplein (ˈtɛəˌpleɪn)
 
n
1.  the top of a rampart where guns are placed behind the parapet
2.  an embankment with a level top surface
 
[C16: from French, from Medieval Latin phrase terrā plēnus filled with earth]

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Example sentences
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.
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