battlement

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From Old French bataillement, earlier bastillement (fortification), from bastillier (to fortify, to equip with battlements), from bastille (fortress) (see bastion).

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battlement (plural battlements)

  1. 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. Any high wall for defense.

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  • battlement in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911