battlement

[bat-l-muhnt]
noun
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:
1275–1325; Middle English batelment < Middle French bataille battlement; see -ment

battlemented [bat-l-men-tid] , adjective
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battlement (ˈbætəlmənt)
 
n
a parapet or wall with indentations or embrasures, originally for shooting through
 
[C14: from Old French batailles, plural of bataillebattle]
 
'battlemented
 
adj

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battlement
early 14c., from O.Fr. 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.
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Battlement definition


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.

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Example sentences
Take the spiral staircase to the roof of the battlement tower for an incomparable view of city.
The towers rise in five sections from the base, at ground level, with battlement pillars.
Curiosity a place to live, a battlement, a universe.
The tower's second story has a stone-carved bay window topped by a battlement which also marks the tower's roof line.
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