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- A half turn on a horse.
- A military maneuver that involves calvarymen advancing on an enemy, turning away, firing their pistols, and then falling back.
*"With curvet and with caracole!" — Henry Howard Brownell (1820-1872)
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia
Car"a*cole (?), n. [F.
caracole, caracol, fr. Sp. caracol snail,
winding staircase, a wheeling about.]
1. (Man.) A half turn which a
horseman makes, either to the right or the left.
2. (Arch.) A staircase in a spiral
||En caracole (&?;) [F.], spiral; --
said of a staircase.
Car"a*cole (?), v. i. [imp.
& p. p. Caracoled (?).] [Cf. F.
caracoler.] (Man.) To move in a caracole, or
in caracoles; to wheel.
Prince John caracoled within the lists.
Sir W. Scott.
- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
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