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A bundle of rods, sticks, or plastic pipes bound together, used in construction or military operations for filling in marshy ground or other obstacles and for strengthening the sides of embankments, ditches, or trenches.
- ‘This suggests three possibilities: that the use of fascines was common and unremarkable, that this constructional method was unnecessary, or that it was not in general use in the area.’
- ‘They were to carry fascines (bundles of sticks or pipes) to drop into trenches too broad for tanks to span.’
Late 17th century: via French from Latin fascina, from fascis ‘bundle’.
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