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battlement

[bat-l-muh nt] /ˈbæt l mənt/
noun
1.
Often, battlements. a parapet or cresting, originally defensive but later usually decorative, consisting of a regular alternation of merlons and crenels; crenelation.
Also called embattlement.
Origin of battlement
1275-1325
1275-1325; Middle English batelment < Middle French bataille battlement; see -ment
Related forms
battlemented
[bat-l-men-tid] /ˈbæt lˌmɛn tɪd/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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  • At this spectacle Banfy's face suddenly glowed; he thought he saw a woman's figure on the battlement of the tower.

  • She bent over the battlement, stooped her face towards me, and kissed me on the mouth.

    Wilfrid Cumbermede George MacDonald
  • In another moment, two Biscayan grenadiers held the Basha between their weapons and the pinnacle of the battlement.

  • Moat and battlement grimace but faintly from behind their ornaments.

    Erik Dorn Ben Hecht
  • Right at the crown of the battlement stood a figure in armor, and behind the bulwark was the noise of struggle.

    God Wills It! William Stearns Davis
  • We lean on the battlement, long since dismantled, and gaze beneath us.

  • A park was there—a park set up on edge, as it were, with steps leading to a battlement at the top.

    The Van Dwellers Albert Bigelow Paine
  • For that we must go to the Castle ruin that crowns Lewes as with a battlement.

  • They hoisted, and dame Eleanor very soon showed her face at the battlement; all hands lifted her to the arms of her husband.

    Annals of a Fortress E. Viollet-le-Duc
  • Upon a knoll was a small square building with a battlement round it.

    Sir Nigel Arthur Conan Doyle
British Dictionary definitions for battlement

battlement

/ˈbætəlmənt/
noun
1.
a parapet or wall with indentations or embrasures, originally for shooting through
Derived Forms
battlemented, adjective
Word Origin
C14: from Old French batailles, plural of bataillebattle
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Word Origin and History for battlement
n.

early 14c., from Old French bataillement, earlier bastillement "fortification," from bastillier "to fortify, to equip with battlements," from bastille "fortress, tower" (see bastion). The raised parts are cops or merlons; the indentations are embrasures or crenelles.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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battlement in the Bible

a parapet wall or balustrade surrounding the flat roofs of the houses, required to be built by a special law (Deut. 22:8). In Jer. 5:10, it denotes the parapet of a city wall.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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