noun Etymology: Middle English batelment, from Anglo-French *bataillement, from batailler to fortify with battlements — more at battle Date: 14th century a parapet with open spaces that surmounts a wall and is used for defense or decorationbattlemented adjective

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  • Battlement — Bat tle*ment ( ment), n. [OE. batelment; cf. OF. bataillement combat, fr. batailler, also OF. bastillier, bateillier, to fortify. Cf. {Battle}, n., {Bastile}, {Bastion}.] (Arch.) (a) One of the solid upright parts of a parapet in ancient… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • battlement — index bulwark Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • battlement — early 14c., from O.Fr. bataillement, earlier bastillement fortification, from bastillier to fortify, to equip with battlements, from bastille fortress, tower (see BASTION (Cf. bastion)). The raised parts are cops or merlons; the indentations are… …   Etymology dictionary

  • battlement — ► NOUN ▪ a parapet with gaps at intervals for firing from, forming part of a fortification. DERIVATIVES battlemented adjective. ORIGIN from Old French bataillier fortify with movable defence turrets …   English terms dictionary

  • battlement — [bat′ lmənt] n. [ME batelment < OFr bataillier, to fortify < bataille, fortification on a wall or tower < ? VL * battacula, place of battle < battere,BATTER1] 1. a parapet with open spaces for shooting, built on top of a castle wall,… …   English World dictionary

  • battlement — battlemented /bat l men tid/, adj. /bat l meuhnt/, n. Often, battlements. a parapet or cresting, originally defensive but later usually decorative, consisting of a regular alternation of merlons and crenels; crenelation. Also called embattlement …   Universalium

  • Battlement — Castellated redirects here. For the hardware item, see castellated nut. 9th cent. BC relief of an Assyrian attack on a walled town with battlements …   Wikipedia

  • battlement — noun a) 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… …   Wiktionary

  • battlement — bat•tle•ment [[t]ˈbæt l mənt[/t]] n. for archit. Often, battlements. a parapet of a fortification consisting of a regular alternation of merlons and crenels • Etymology: 1275–1325; ME < MF bataille battlement bat′tle•ment ed ˌmɛn tɪd adj …   From formal English to slang

  • Battlement —    A parapet wall or balustrade surrounding the flat roofs of the houses, required to be built by a special law (Deut. 22:8). In Jer. 5:10, it denotes the parapet of a city wall …   Easton's Bible Dictionary

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