A new blog idea? How about a new vocabulary word every now and then?
Well, I consider myself to be reasonably learned, but it never hurts to increase understanding (the hard part is to make sure that wisdom comes with knowledge…but that’s a different post). So, while reading The American Civil War by John Keegan, I recently came across this word:
Here is the context:
A European fortress or an American fortress in the East would have had its surroundings altered to make “dead ground” and provide fields of fire across a smooth glacis which could be swept by artillery fire and musketry. The nature of the ground and the abundance of vegetation at Vicksburg [Mississippi] made the construction of such a glacis impossible.
Here is the definition (from Dictionary.com):
1. a gentle slope.
2. Fortification . a bank of earth in front of the counterscarp or covered way of a fort, having an easy slope toward the field or open country.