outwork

Part of speech: noun

Any outer defense; bulwark.

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Usage examples "outwork":

  1. We can see by the light of later history that the real centre of the Empire was the solid mass of Asia from the Bosphorus to Mount Taurus, and that Constantinople was its outwork on the side of Europe. - "The Arian Controversy", H. M. Gwatkin.
  2. Rebecca could observe, from the number of men placed for the defence of this post, that the besieged entertained apprehensions for its safety; and from the mustering of the assailants in a direction nearly opposite to the outwork, it seemed no less plain that it had been selected as a vulnerable point of attack. - "Journeys Through Bookland Volume Four", Charles H. Sylvester.
  3. We lost the outwork on our part. - "Journeys Through Bookland Volume Four", Charles H. Sylvester.