One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A covered passage across a ditch round a fort.
- ‘The overall design of each battery was that of an irregular pentagon surrounded by a deep ditch, which was enfiladed by three caponiers and a counter-scarp gallery.’
- ‘I can safely state that this was the standard armament of caponiers for guns on traversing platforms.’
- ‘It is protected by a broad wet ditch, and in the caponiers are the magazines and store chambers of the fortress.’
- ‘The caponier changed its form and grew to great importance in the nineteenth century, as I will explain later.’
- ‘Flanking chambers built into the inner wall of the ditch provided covering fire across the face of each caponier to prevent the enemy laying charges to destroy them.’
- ‘Fort Nelson was to be armed with four of these guns in the main north caponier and two in each of the demi caponiers.’
- ‘The east and west ditches are enfiladed by small, two storey demi caponiers whilst the main ditch is covered by a full caponier.’
- ‘These lead to the barrack block and caponiers with stairs to the mortar batteries and chemain de ronde.’
- ‘Visitors are encouraged to examine the tower's architectural features including the four caponiers at its base which protect the dry ditch.’
- ‘Construction took place between 1804 and 1808 although it was modernised in the 1860's when the outer caponiers were added.’
- ‘At right, the redoubt has opposed caponiers or ‘flanking angles’ designed to allow the defenders to fire into the ditches.’
- ‘Access is not possible to the east wing vaults, the top of the main tower, basement, caponier and ditch.’
- ‘The left and right caponiers covered the area extending from the flanks to the back of the fort.’
- ‘It was impossible to enter or even get near the gorge and caponiers for vegetation.’
- ‘Type C has a separated caponier with two cupolas.’
- ‘This is the view from the north caponier along the curtain wall, made of flint reinforced with brick.’
- ‘The caponiers and bunker system have been well preserved thanks to the northern climate.’
- ‘Contemporary drawings show that the cookhouse was badly cracked as was the barracks and one of the caponiers had completely detached itself.’
- ‘Access to caponiers was by iron hatchway.’
- ‘The ammunition for the guns was kept near artillery caponiers in separate ammunition magazines.’
Late 17th century: from Spanish caponera, literally ‘capon enclosure’.
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