Sally port


Sally port
Small fortified doorway from which defenders of a castle might 'make a sally', i.e. a brief sortie or attack with limited troops. [< OldFr. saillir = to leap]

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  • Sally port — Sally Sal ly, n.; pl. {Sallies}. [F. saillie, fr. saillir. See Sally, v.] 1. A leaping forth; a darting; a spring. [1913 Webster] 2. A rushing or bursting forth; a quick issue; a sudden eruption; specifically, an issuing of troops from a place… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Sally port — The primary modern meaning for sally port is a small controlled space with two doors. Essentially, one must enter the space and close the first door before opening the second to proceed, rather like an airlock. Etymology and historical usage The… …   Wikipedia

  • sally port — noun Etymology: sally (I) 1. a. : a large gate or passage in a fortified place suitable for the use of troops making a sortie b. : a similar passage especially through the lower story of buildings (as barracks) forming a quadrangle 2 …   Useful english dictionary

  • sally-port — noun see sally port 2 …   Useful english dictionary

  • sally port — noun a) A small door in a fort or a castle to enable a sally; a postern. b) An entryway controlled by two doors or gates, of which each must be closed before the other can open …   Wiktionary

  • sally port — sal′ly port n. for a gate in a fortification from which a sortie may be launched • Etymology: 1640–50 …   From formal English to slang

  • sally port — noun Date: 1649 1. a gate or passage in a fortified place for use by troops making a sortie 2. a secure entryway (as at a prison) that consists of a series of doors or gates …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • sally port — (in a fort or the like) 1. a gateway permitting the passage of a large number of troops at a time. 2. a postern. [1640 50] * * * …   Universalium

  • sally port — noun a small exit point in a fortification for the passage of troops when making a sortie …   English new terms dictionary

  • Sally-Port — See: Postern …   Medieval glossary


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