redoubt

redoubt
\ \ [17] Redoubtstronghold’ has no etymological connection with doubt (although redoubtable [14] does – it derives from the French ancestor of doubt, which originally meant ‘fear’, and so historically denotes ‘to be feared’). It was borrowed from French redoute, which goes back via obsolete Italian ridotta to medieval Latin reductushidden place, refuge’, a noun use of the past participle of Latin redūcerebring back, withdraw’ (source of English reduce). The b was inserted under the influence of redoubtable.
\ \ Cf.REDUCE

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  • Redoubt — Re*doubt , v. t. [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.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Redoubt — Re*doubt (r?*dout ), n. [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[ …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Redoubt —   [rɪ daʊt], der, aktiver Vulkan in Alaska, USA, an der Westküste des Cook Inlet, 170 km südwestlich von Anchorage, 3 108 m über dem Meeresspiegel. Bei den letzten Ausbrüchen vom 14. 12. 1989 bis 21. 4. 1990 bedrohten u. a. Schmelzwasser der… …   Universal-Lexikon

  • redoubt — (n.) c.1600, from Fr. redoute, from It. ridotto place of retreat, from M.L. reductus place of refuge, retreat, from L. reduct , pp. stem of reducere to lead or bring back (see REDUCE (Cf. reduce)). The b was added by influence of unrelated… …   Etymology dictionary

  • redoubt — ► NOUN ▪ a temporary or supplementary fortification, typically square or polygonal and without flanking defences. ORIGIN French redoute, from Latin reductus refuge …   English terms dictionary

  • redoubt — [ri dout′] n. [Fr redoute < It ridotta < ML reductus, refuge, orig. pp. of L reducere: see REDUCE] 1. a) a breastwork outside a fortification, to defend approaches, etc. b) a breastwork within a fortification 2. any stronghold …   English World dictionary

  • Redoubt — A redoubt is a fort or fort system usually consisting of an enclosed defensive emplacement outside a larger fort, usually relying on earthworks, though others are constructed of stone or brick.cite web title=Dictionary of Fortifications: Redoubt… …   Wikipedia

  • redoubt — [[t]rɪda͟ʊt[/t]] redoubts N COUNT A redoubt is a place or situation in which someone feels safe because they know that nobody can attack them or spoil their peace. [LITERARY] ...the last redoubt of hippy culture. Syn: haven …   English dictionary

  • redoubt — [17] Redoubt ‘stronghold’ has no etymological connection with doubt (although redoubtable [14] does – it derives from the French ancestor of doubt, which originally meant ‘fear’, and so historically denotes ‘to be feared’). It was borrowed from… …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • Redoubt Lake — Location Baranof Island, Sitka City and Borough, Alaska, USA Coordinates 56°53′28″N …   Wikipedia

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