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ˈteɪ ləs, ˈtæl əstalus

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. talus, screenoun

    a sloping mass of loose rocks at the base of a cliff

  2. anklebone, astragal, astragalus, talusnoun

    the bone in the ankle that articulates with the leg bones to form the ankle joint

Webster Dictionary

  1. Talusnoun

    the astragalus

  2. Talusnoun

    a variety of clubfoot (Talipes calcaneus). See the Note under Talipes

  3. Talusnoun

    a slope; the inclination of the face of a work

  4. Talusnoun

    a sloping heap of fragments of rock lying at the foot of a precipice


  1. Talus

    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

  1. Talus

    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

  1. Talus

    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

  1. Talus

    The second largest of the TARSAL BONES. It articulates with the TIBIA and FIBULA to form the ANKLE JOINT.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. talus

    The old word in fortification for slope.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. talus

    The old word in fortification for a slope.

Editors Contribution

  1. talus

    A form of bone.

    A talus in a human is in the ankle area.

    Submitted by MaryC on December 26, 2020  

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  1. Altus

  2. Latus

  3. Tulsa

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of talus in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of talus in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

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  1. talustalustalustalustalus

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    (of especially persons) lacking sense or understanding or judgment
    • A. tacky
    • B. soft-witted
    • C. epidemic
    • D. ectomorphic

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