cheval-de-frise
noun (plural chevaux-de-frise) Etymology: French, literally, horse from Friesland Date: 1668 1. a defense consisting typically of a timber or an iron barrel covered with projecting spikes and often strung with barbed wire 2. a protecting line (as of spikes) on top of a wall — usually used in plural

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  • Cheval de frise — at the Confederate Fort Mahone defenses at Siege of Petersburg The cheval de frise (plural: chevaux de frise) was a Medieval defensive obstacle consisting of a portable frame (sometimes just a simple log) covered with many long iron or wooden… …   Wikipedia

  • Cheval-de-frise — Che*val de frise , n.; commonly used in the pl. {Chevaux de frise}. [F.; cheval horse + Frise Friesland, where it was first used.] (Mil.) A piece of timber or an iron barrel traversed with iron pointed spikes or spears, five or six feet long,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • cheval-de-frise — [shə val΄ də frēz′] n. pl. chevaux de frise [shə vō΄də frēz′] [Fr < cheval, a horse + de, of + Frise, FRIESLAND: first used by Frisians, who lacked cavalry, against Spaniards] 1. an obstacle, usually a piece of wood with projecting spikes,… …   English World dictionary

  • cheval de frise — 1680s, from French, lit. horse of Frisia, supposedly because it was first employed there as a defense against cavalry. Plural chevaux de frise …   Etymology dictionary

  • Cheval de frise — ● Cheval de frise défense accessoire, formée d un axe muni de croisillons appointés, garnis de ronce artificielle …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Cheval de frise — Cette page d’homonymie répertorie les différents sujets et articles partageant un même nom. Cheval De Frise est un duo français de rock expérimental ; Les chevaux de frise sont un type de barrières, utilisées depuis le Moyen Âge. Catégorie  …   Wikipédia en Français

  • cheval-de-frise — che•val de frise [[t]ʃəˈvæl dəˈfriz[/t]] n. pl. che•vaux de frise [[t]ʃəˈvoʊ dəˈfriz[/t]] for Usu., chevaux de frise. a portable defensive obstacle, typically a beam from which rows of sharpened stakes protrude, used in field fortifications or to …   From formal English to slang

  • cheval-de-frise — /sheuh val deuh freez /, n., pl. chevaux de frise /sheuh voh deuh freez /. Usually, chevaux de frise. a portable obstacle, usually a sawhorse, covered with projecting spikes or barbed wire, for military use in closing a passage, breaking in a… …   Universalium

  • cheval-de-frise — che·val de frise …   English syllables

  • cheval-de-frise — /ʃəvæl də ˈfriz/ (say shuhval duh freez) noun (plural chevaux de frise /ʃəvoʊ də ˈfriz/ (say shuhvoh duh freez)) Military (usually plural) an obstacle of projecting spikes or barbed wire used to close a gap to the enemy. {French: literally, horse …   Australian English dictionary

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