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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Casemate  \Case"mate\,  n.  [F.  casemate,  fr  It  casamatta  prob. 
  from  casa  house  +  matto,  f.  matta,  mad,  weak,  feeble,  dim. 
  from  the  same  source  as  E.  -mate  in  checkmate.] 
  1.  (Fort.)  A  bombproof  chamber,  usually  of  masonry,  in  which 
  cannon  may  be  placed,  to  be  fired  through  embrasures;  or 
  one  capable  of  being  used  as  a  magazine,  or  for  quartering 
  2.  (Arch.)  A  hollow  molding,  chiefly  in  cornices.