Glacis definition

glă-sē, glăsē, glāsĭs
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A neutral area separating conflicting forces.
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(postal service) A device for sorting mail which slides parcels across a sloped surface.
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A gentle slope; an incline.
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A slope extending down from a fortification.
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A gradual slope.
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An embankment sloping gradually up to a fortification, so as to expose attackers to defending gunfire.
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(military) A gentle incline in front of a fortification.
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(military) The angled armour plate on the front of a tank; glacis plate.
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An administrative district in Seychelles.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
glacis
Plural:
glacises

Origin of glacis

  • French from Old French from glacer to slide from glace ice from Vulgar Latin glacia from Latin glaciēs gel- in Indo-European roots

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

  • Borrowing from French glacis

    From Wiktionary