embrasure

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle French embrasure.

Noun[edit]

embrasure (plural embrasures)

  1. (architecture, military) Any of the indentations between the merlons of a battlement.
  2. The slanting indentation in a wall for a door or window, such that the space is larger on the inside than the outside.
    • 2009, Hilary Mantel, Wolf Hall, Fourth Estate 2010, p. 155:
      Now he stands in a window embrasure, Liz's prayer book in hand.
  3. (obsolete) An embrace.
    • Shakespeare
      Our locked embrasures.

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