noun Fortification.

  1. a bank of earth built behind a trench or military emplacement to protect soldiers from a surprise attack from the rear.


  1. a bank behind a trench or other fortification, giving protection from being fired on from the rear

n.“rear wall of a trench,” 1917, earlier “elevation behind a fortified place” (1853), literally “defense from the back,” from French parados, from para- “defense” (see para- (2)) + dos “back” (see dossier).

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