Definitions for abatisˈæb əˌti, -tɪs, əˈbæt i, əˈbæt ɪs; ˈæb əˌtiz, əˈbæt iz; ˈæb əˌtɪs ɪz, əˈbæt ə sɪz
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ab•a•tisˈæb əˌti, -tɪs, əˈbæt i, əˈbæt ɪs; ˈæb əˌtiz, əˈbæt iz; ˈæb əˌtɪs ɪz, əˈbæt ə sɪz(n.)(pl.)ab•a•tis; ab•a•tis•es
a defensive obstacle formed from rows of tree branches, with an end of each branch facing outward toward the enemy.
Origin of abatis:
1760–70; < F; OF abateis < VL *abatteticius, der. of OF abattre (see abate )
a line of defense consisting of a barrier of felled or live trees with branches (sharpened or with barbed wire entwined) pointed toward the enemy
A means of defense formed by felled trees, the ends of whose branches are sharpened and directed outwards, or against the enemy.
Origin: , mass of things beaten or cut down, from abattre. See abate.
alt. of Abattis