meaning of barbacan

barbacan meaning in General Dictionary

See Barbican

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  • a tower which element of a defensive structure (such as a castle)
  • See Barbican.
  • A tower or advanced level work protecting the entrance to a palace or town, as at a gate or bridge. It was usually huge and strong, having a ditch and drawbridge of its very own.
  • An opening in wall surface of a fortress, by which missiles were released upon an enemy.

barbacan meaning in General Dictionary

(n.) A tower or advanced level work protecting the entry to a castle or city, as at a gate or bridge. It was frequently large and powerful, having a ditch and drawbridge of its own.

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  • (letter.) An opening when you look at the wall of a fortress, through which missiles were discharged upon an enemy.