bartizan

bartizan
noun Etymology: alteration of Middle English bretasinge, from bretais parapet — more at brattice Date: 1801 a small structure (as a turret) projecting from a building and serving especially for lookout or defense

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  • Bartizan — Bar ti*zan , n. [Cf. {Brettice}.] (Arch.) A small, overhanging structure for lookout or defense, usually projecting at an angle of a building or near an entrance gateway. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bartizan — [bär′tə zən, bär΄tə zan′] n. [revived by SCOTT2 Sir Walter from a Scot form altered < ME bretasce,BRATTICE] a small, overhanging turret on a tower or battlement, originally for defense or as a lookout …   English World dictionary

  • Bartizan — A bartizan or guerite is an overhanging, wall mounted turret projecting from the walls of medieval fortifications from the early 14th century up to the 16th century. They protect a warder and enable him to see around him. Bartizans generally are… …   Wikipedia

  • bartizan — bartizaned /bahr teuh zeuhnd, bahr teuh zand /, adj. /bahr teuh zeuhn, bahr teuh zan /, n. Archit. a small overhanging turret on a wall or tower. [1325 75; ME alter. of bertisene, misspelling of bretising, var. of BRATTICING. See BRATTICE, ING1]… …   Universalium

  • bartizan — noun /bɑːtɪˈzæn/ A parapet with battlements projecting from the top of a tower in a castle or church …   Wiktionary

  • Bartizan — A corner turret, usually embattled; more elaborately and, when used pacifically, an overhanging gallery …   Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

  • bartizan — Synonyms and related words: abatis, advanced work, balistraria, bank, banquette, barbed wire entanglement, barbican, barricade, barrier, bastion, battlement, breastwork, bulwark, casemate, cheval de frise, circumvallation, contravallation,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • BARTIZAN —    an overhanging wall mounted turret projecting from the walls of ancient fortifications …   The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

  • bartizan — n. small partition or projection built into the structure of a building for the purpose of offering protection or defense …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Bartizan — ♦ Overhanging battlemented corner turret, corbelled out; common in French and Scottish military architecture. (Wood, Margaret. The English Medieval House, 410) Related terms: Castle …   Medieval glossary

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