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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Redoubt \Re*doubt"\, verb (used with an object) [F. redouter, formerly also spelt redoubter; fr. L. pref. re- re- + dubitare to doubt, in LL., to fear. See {Doubt}.] To stand in dread of; to regard with fear; to dread. [R.]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Redoubt \Re*doubt"\ (r?*dout"), noun [F. redoute, fem., It. ridotto, LL. reductus, literally, a retreat, from L. reductus drawn back, retired, p. p. of reducere to lead or draw back; cf. F. r['e]duit, also fr. LL. reductus. See {Reduce}, and cf. {Reduct}, {R['e]duit}, {Ridotto}.] (Fort.) (a) A small, and usually a roughly constructed, fort or outwork of varying shape, commonly erected for a temporary purpose, and without flanking defenses, -- used esp. in fortifying tops of hills and passes, and positions in hostile territory. (b) In permanent works, an outwork placed within another outwork. See F and i in Illust. of {Ravelin}. [Written also {redout}.]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

redoubt

noun

1: (military) a temporary or supplementary fortification; typically square or polygonal without flanking defenses

2: an entrenched stronghold or refuge


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