fleche

flèche

[fleysh; French flesh]
noun, plural flèches [fley-shiz; French flesh] .
1.
Architecture. a steeple or spire, especially one in the Gothic style, emerging from the ridge of a roof.
2.
Fortification. a fieldwork consisting of two faces forming a salient angle with an open gorge.
3.
Fencing. a method of attack with saber or épée in which the attacker leaves from the rear foot and advances rapidly toward the opponent.

Origin:
1700–10; < French: literally, arrow, probably < Germanic. Cf. fly1

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flèche (fleɪʃ, flɛʃ)
 
n
1.  Also called: spirelet a slender spire, esp over the intersection of the nave and transept ridges of a church roof
2.  a pointed part of a fortification directed towards the attackers
3.  fencing a short running attack
 
[C18: from French: spire (literally: arrow), probably of Germanic origin; related to Middle Low German flieke long arrow]

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fleche

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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