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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 form.

||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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