battlement


bat·tle·ment

noun \ˈba-təl-mənt\

: a low wall at the top of a castle with open spaces for people inside to shoot through

Full Definition of BATTLEMENT

:  a parapet with open spaces that surmounts a wall and is used for defense or decoration
bat·tle·ment·ed \-ˌmen-təd\ adjective

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Origin of BATTLEMENT

Middle English batelment, from Anglo-French *bataillement, from batailler to fortify with battlements — more at battle
First Known Use: 14th century

battlement

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Parapet (portion above the roof) of the exterior wall of a fortification, consisting of alternating low portions (crenels) and high portions (merlons). Rooftop defenders would shoot from behind the merlons during times of siege. Medieval battlements were often bracketed out (see corbel) to form a machicolation (overhang) with holes in its floor through which objects could be dropped on encroachers below.

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