Definitions for glacisˈgleɪ sɪs, ˈglæs ɪs; ˈgleɪ siz, -sɪz, ˈglæs iz, -ɪz
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gla•cisˈgleɪ sɪs, ˈglæs ɪs; ˈgleɪ siz, -sɪz, ˈglæs iz, -ɪz(n.)(pl.)gla•cis; gla•cis•es.
a gentle slope.
Category: Geography (terms)
a gradually sloping embankment of earth dug from the ditch of a fortification, leading downward from the counterscarp toward open country.
Origin of glacis:
1665–75; < MF; akin to OF glacier to slide; cf. L glacāre to make into ice; see glacé
A gentle incline in front of a fortification.
The angled armour plate on the front of a tank; glacis plate.
A device for sorting mail which slides parcels across a sloped surface.
a gentle slope, or a smooth, gently sloping bank; especially (Fort.), that slope of earth which inclines from the covered way toward the exterior ground or country (see Illust. of Ravelin)