embrasured

embrasure

[em-brey-zher]
noun
1.
(in fortification) an opening, as a loophole or crenel, through which missiles may be discharged.
2.
Architecture. a splayed enlargement of a door or window toward the inner face of a wall.
3.
Dentistry. the space between adjacent teeth.

Origin:
1695–1705; < French, equivalent to embras(er) to enlarge a window or door opening, make an embrasure (apparently the same v. as embraser to set on fire (see embrace2), though sense shift unclear) + -ure -ure

embrasured, adjective
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embrasure (ɪmˈbreɪʒə)
 
n
1.  fortifications an opening or indentation, as in a battlement, for shooting through
2.  an opening forming a door or window, having splayed sides that increase the width of the opening in the interior
 
[C18: from French, from obsolete embraser to widen, of uncertain origin]
 
em'brasured
 
adj

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embrasure
1702, from Fr. embrasure, from O.Fr. embraser "to cut at a slant, make a groove or furrow in a door or window," from en- "in" + braser "to cut at a slant."
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embrasure em·bra·sure (ěm-brā'zhər)
n.
The sloped valley between two teeth.

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