Battlement Definition

bătl-mənt
battlements
noun
battlements
A notched parapet built on top of a wall, with alternating merlons and crenels for decoration or defense.
American Heritage
A parapet with open spaces for shooting, built on top of a castle wall, tower, or fort.
Webster's New World
An architectural decoration like this.
Webster's New World
The definition of a battlement is the design at the top of old castle walls that looks like upside down teeth and is used to allow space for archers or sharpshooters to fire at intruders.
An example of a battlement is the stone architecture seen atop a medieval watchtower.
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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 embrasure or through a loophole in the battlement.

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Other Word Forms of Battlement

Noun

Singular:
battlement
Plural:
battlements

Origin of Battlement

  • Middle English batelment alteration (influenced by batel battle) of Old French batillement tower, turret from bastille bastille

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French bataillement, earlier bastillement (“fortification”), from bastillier (“to fortify, to equip with battlements”), from bastille (“fortress”) (see bastion).

    From Wiktionary

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