a sloping mass of loose rocks at the base of a cliff
anklebone, astragal, astragalus, talus(noun)
the bone in the ankle that articulates with the leg bones to form the ankle joint
a variety of clubfoot (Talipes calcaneus). See the Note under Talipes
a slope; the inclination of the face of a work
a sloping heap of fragments of rock lying at the foot of a precipice
The talus is an architectural feature of some late medieval castles, especially prevalent in crusader constructions. It consists of a sloping face at the base of a fortified wall. The slope acts as an effective defensive measure in two ways. First, conventional siege equipment is less effective against a wall with a talus. Scaling ladders may be unable to reach the top of the walls and are also more easily broken due to the bending stresses caused by the angle they are forced to adopt. Siege towers cannot approach closer than the base of the talus, and their gangplank may be unable to cover the horizontal span of the talus, rendering them useless. Furthermore, defenders are able to drop rocks over the walls, which will shatter on the talus, spraying a hail of shrapnel into any attackers massed at the base of the wall.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
tā′lus, n. the ankle-bone: (arch.) a slope: (fort.) the sloping part of a work: (geol.) a sloping heap of fragments at the foot of a steep rock. [L.]
The Nuttall Encyclopedia
a man of brass, the work of Hephæstos, given to Minos to guard the island of Crete; he walked round the island thrice a day, and if he saw any stranger approaching he made himself red-hot and embraced him.
U.S. National Library of Medicine
The second largest of the TARSAL BONES. It articulates with the TIBIA and FIBULA to form the ANKLE JOINT.
The numerical value of talus in Chaldean Numerology is: 8
The numerical value of talus in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1
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