abat-sons

noun
\ ˌäˌbäˈsōⁿ, F ȧbȧsōⁿ\
plural abat-sons\ -​ōⁿz , F -​ōⁿ \

Definition of abat-sons

: a device for throwing sound downward (such as louver boards in a belfry)

Love words?

You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

First Known Use of abat-sons

circa 1879, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for abat-sons

borrowed from French, literally, “(it) strikes down (abat) the sounds (sons),” from abattre “to strike down,” + sons, plural of son “sound,” going back to Old French

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about abat-sons

Dictionary Entries near abat-sons

abatised

abat-jour

abator

abat-sons

A battery

abattoir

abat-vent

Statistics for abat-sons

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for abat-sons

The first known use of abat-sons was circa 1879

See more words from the same year

Comments on abat-sons

What made you want to look up abat-sons? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

one that collects or salvages junk

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Time Traveler Quiz: Which Word Came First?

  • time traveler quiz which word came first
  • Which came first?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Citation

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!