ETYM French redoute, fem., Italian ridotto, Late Lat. reductus, literally, a retreat, from Latin reductus drawn back, retired, p. p. of reducere to lead or draw back; cf. French réduit, also from Late Lat. reductus. Related to Reduce, Reduct, Réduit, Ridotto.
Rough and temporary fortification.
A stronghold; SYN. sconce.
In trench warfare, small enclosed trench work employed in conjunction with a system of infantry trenches.
It can form a strong point of resistance even after the rest of the trenches have been destroyed or captured.
Fortification within an outwork.