En`ceinte" (?), n. [F., fr. enceindre to gird about, surround, L. incingere; in (intens). + cingere to gird. See Cincture.]

1. Fort.

The line of works which forms the main inclosure of a fortress or place; -- called also body of the place.

2.

The area or town inclosed by a line of fortification.

The suburbs are not unfrequently larger than their enceinte. S. W. Williams.

 

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En`ceinte", a. [F., fr. L. in not + cinctus, p. p. of cingere to gird about.]

Pregnant; with child.

 

© Webster 1913.

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