bat·​tle·​ment | \ˈba-tᵊl-mənt \

Definition of battlement 

: a parapet with open spaces that surmounts a wall and is used for defense or decoration

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battlement: 1 crenellations, 2 merlons, 3 machicolations

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battlemented \ˈba-​tᵊl-​ˌmen-​təd \ adjective

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On the island of Ischia, near Naples, stands a fortress, a formidable set of battlements and turrets that seem to shoot out of sheer rock, with a vertiginous drop to the sea below. Sarah Dunant, New York Times, "Who Was Vittoria Colonna? Just One of Italy’s Great Poets...," 1 June 2018 The modernist genius took the few remaining elements of the medieval fortress—which used to be a Roman defense tower—and devised a new castle with battlements and straight lines that are not very common in its style. Virginia Irurita, Town & Country, "How to Plan a Trip to Spain," 5 Oct. 2016 Covering the central nave are superb 14th-century frescoes whose delicacy is all the more striking because of the rugged battlements surrounding them. Christopher Bagley, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Bewitching Time Warp of Transylvania, Romania," 4 May 2018 And there were the whimsical battlements of Forest Glen, Md., just a few miles away from Rossdhu. John Kelly, Washington Post, "Answer Man visits the National Park Seminary in Forest Glen, Md.," 24 Feb. 2018 Low battlements, about waist height, protect us from the drop on either side. Anna Hartley,, "Hiking the authentic Great Wall of China, without the tourists," 16 Mar. 2018 Dressed in jeans and trainers, Mr Kinnear heaved a battlement across the studio. The Economist, "The making of a Shakespearean actor," 15 Mar. 2018 Rirette Maîtrejean and Victor Kibaltchiche met on the battlements of the class war, which fueled their affair and gave it purpose. Marilyn Stasio, New York Times, "Stranger Than Fiction: The Best True-Crime Stories," 26 Oct. 2017 The unusual quatrefoil motifs of some individual quilt blocks are based on the four-pronged footprint of battlements known as star forts. Roberta Smith, New York Times, "Wartime Quilts Honor Battles and Leaders, but Mostly Art," 25 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of battlement

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for battlement

Middle English batelment, from Anglo-French *bataillement, from batailler to fortify with battlements — more at battle

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The first known use of battlement was in the 14th century

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English Language Learners Definition of battlement

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


bat·​tle·​ment | \ˈba-tᵊl-mənt \

Kids Definition of battlement

: a low wall (as at the top of a castle) with openings to shoot through

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