- a ruff or high collar of a kind worn esp. in the 16th cent.
- Mil. a barrier consisting of an inclined or horizontal fence as of wooden stakes
Origin of fraiseFr, origin, originally , a ruff from fraiser, to ruffle
- A defensive barrier of pointed inclined stakes or barbed wire.
- A ruff for the neck worn in the 1500s.
Origin of fraiseFrench from Old French mesentery (from its pleated shape) from (feves) frasees shelled (beans), from the resemblance between the mesentery and the peel surrounding individual broad beans from Latin (faba) frēsa ground (bean) feminine past participle of frendere to crush ; see frenum .
(third-person singular simple present fraises, present participle fraising, simple past and past participle fraised)
- (military) To protect, as a line of troops, against an onset of cavalry, by opposing bayonets raised obliquely forward.
From French fraise, fraiser.