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ˈbæt l məntbat·tle·ment

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. battlement, crenelation, crenellationnoun

    a rampart built around the top of a castle with regular gaps for firing arrows or guns

Wiktionary

  1. battlementnoun

    In fortification: an indented parapet, formed by a series of rising members called cops or merlons, separated by openings called crenelles or embrasures, the soldier sheltering himself behind the merlon while he fires through the embrasure or through a loophole in the battlement.

  2. battlementnoun

    Any high wall for defense.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Battlementnoun

    A wall raised round the top of a building, with embrasures, or interstices, to look through, to annoy an enemy.

    Etymology: generally supposed to be formed from battle, as the parts from whence a building is defended against assailants; perhaps only corrupted from bâtiment, Fr.

    He fix’d his head upon our battlements. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    Thou shalt make a battlement for thy roof, that thou bring not blood upon thine house, if any man fall from thence. Deut. xxii. 8.

    Through this we pass
    Up to the highest battlement, from whence
    The Trojans threw their darts. John Denham.

    Their standard planted on the battlement,
    Despair and death among the soldiers sent. John Dryden, Aurengz.

    No, I shan’t envy him, whoe’er he be,
    That stands upon the battlements of state;
    I’d rather be secure than great. John Norris.

    The weighty mallet deals resounding blows,
    Till the proud battlements her tow’rs inclose. John Gay, Trivia.

Wikipedia

  1. Battlement

    A battlement in defensive architecture, such as that of city walls or castles, comprises a parapet (i.e., a defensive low wall between chest-height and head-height), in which gaps or indentations, which are often rectangular, occur at intervals to allow for the launch of arrows or other projectiles from within the defences. These gaps are termed "crenels" (also known as carnels, or embrasures), and a wall or building with them is called crenellated; alternative (older) terms are castellated and embattled. The act of adding crenels to a previously unbroken parapet is termed crenellation. The function of battlements in war is to protect the defenders by giving them something to hide behind, from which they can pop out to launch their own missiles. A defensive building might be designed and built with battlements, or a manor house might be fortified by adding battlements, where no parapet previously existed, or cutting crenellations into its existing parapet wall. A distinctive feature of late medieval English church architecture is to crenellate the tops of church towers, and often the tops of lower walls. These are essentially decorative rather than functional, as are many examples on secular buildings. The solid widths between the crenels are called merlons. Battlements on walls have protected walkways (chemin de ronde) behind them. On tower or building tops, the (often flat) roof is used as the protected fighting platform.

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  1. battlement

    A battlement is a defensive architectural feature found on walls and rooftops of medieval fortifications, such as castles and fortresses. It is comprised of a series of low walls or parapets, often with gaps (known as crenels or embrasures) for archers or cannons to fire through, and raised sections (known as merlons) for shelter between each gap. Battlements are designed to provide protection for defenders on top of the structure while allowing them to attack the approaching enemy.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Battlementnoun

    one of the solid upright parts of a parapet in ancient fortifications

  2. Battlementnoun

    pl. The whole parapet, consisting of alternate solids and open spaces. At first purely a military feature, afterwards copied on a smaller scale with decorative features, as for churches

Wikidata

  1. Battlement

    A battlement in defensive architecture, such as that of city walls or castles, comprises a parapet, in which rectangular gaps or indentations occur at intervals to allow for the discharge of arrows or other missiles from within the defences. These gaps are termed "crenels", and a previously unbroken parapet is termed crenellation. Thus a defensive building might be designed and built with battlements, or a manor house might be fortified by adding battlements, where no parapet previously existed, or cutting crenellations into its existing parapet wall. The solid widths between the crenels are called merlons. A wall with battlements is said to be crenelated or embattled. Battlements on walls have protected walkways behind them. On tower or building tops, the roof is used as the protected fighting platform.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Battlement

    bat′l-ment, n. a wall or parapet on the top of a building with openings or embrasures, originally used only on fortifications: the towering roof of heaven,—adj. Bat′tlemented, fortified with battlements—also pa.p. Bat′tled (poet.).

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of battlement in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of battlement in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

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