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French, from couper (to cut).


coupure (plural coupures)

  1. (fortification) A passage cut through the glacis to facilitate sallies by the besieged.
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Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for coupure in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)



From couper +‎ -ure


coupure f (plural coupures)

  1. the act or result of cutting; a cut
  2. interruption
  3. power cut, blackout
  4. bill, a piece of paper money

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