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[fleysh; French flesh] /fleɪʃ; French flɛʃ/
noun, plural flèches
[fley-shiz; French flesh] /ˈfleɪ ʃɪz; French flɛʃ/ (Show IPA)
Architecture. a steeple or spire, especially one in the Gothic style, emerging from the ridge of a roof.
Fortification. a fieldwork consisting of two faces forming a salient angle with an open gorge.
Fencing. a method of attack with saber or épée in which the attacker leaves from the rear foot and advances rapidly toward the opponent.
1700-10; < French: literally, arrow, probably < Germanic. Cf. fly1 Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for flèche


/fleɪʃ; flɛʃ/
Also called spirelet. a slender spire, esp over the intersection of the nave and transept ridges of a church roof
a pointed part of a fortification directed towards the attackers
(fencing) a short running attack
Word Origin
C18: from French: spire (literally: arrow), probably of Germanic origin; related to Middle Low German flieke long arrow
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in French architecture, any spire; in English it is an architectural term for a small slender spire placed on the ridge of a church roof. The fleche is usually built of a wood framework covered with lead or occasionally copper and is generally of rich, light, delicate design, in which tracery, miniature buttresses, and crockets have important parts

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