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See embattle.


embattail (third-person singular simple present embattails, present participle embattailing, simple past and past participle embattailed)

  1. (archaic, transitive) To furnish with battlements; to fortify as if with battlements.
    • 1600, Edward Fairfax (translator), Jerusalem Delivered, Tasso, Book I, lxiv:
      The glorious standard last to heav'n they spread, / With Peter's keys ennobled, and his crown, // With it seven thousand stout Camillo had, / Embattailed in walls of iron brown.
    • (Can we date this quote by Alfred, Lord Tennyson and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      To embattail and to wall about thy cause / With iron-worded proof.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for embattail in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)