nounpl. ab′a·tis or ab′at·tis
a barricade of felled trees, with branches pointed toward the enemy: now often reinforced with barbed wire
Origin of abatisFrench from Old French abateïs from abattre: see abate
nounpl. ab·a·tis, or ab·a·tis·es
A defensive obstacle made by laying felled trees on top of each other with branches, sometimes sharpened, facing the enemy.
Origin of abatisFrench pile of things thrown down from Old French abateis abattre to throw down ; see abate .
(plural abatis or abatises)
- A means of defense formed by felled trees, or sometimes by bent trees, the ends of whose branches are sharpened and directed outwards, or against the enemy, and more recently fortified with barbed wire. [Mid 19th century.]