A half turn to the right or left by a horse.
- By 1700 the caracole, initially so fashionable, was obsolete and the cavalryman's pistol was reserved for the mêlée or as just another item in the horse soldier's armoury.
- The most common tactic used was the caracole - a combined cavalry charge assisted by firearms.
(Of a horse) perform a caracole.
- The thews in his hindquarters strained and bulged as the knight caracoled on his rear legs.
- But she and the others walked past the German parade ground, where, in the war, the horses had caracoled every day, and turned onto Lange Reihe.
- The young men on horseback caracoled about the carriages, as they did at Longchamps, for Longchamps was already in existence and even very brilliant.
Early 17th century: from French caracole, caracol 'snail's shell, spiral'.
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