crenellation

noun

cren·​el·​la·​tion ˌkre-nə-ˈlā-shən How to pronounce crenellation (audio)
variants or less commonly crenelation
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: any of the embrasures alternating with merlons in a battlement see battlement illustration

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Each receptor, ingenious in its design, recognized some characteristic microbial or viral signature—a kink in a virus’s RNA, a crenellation in a microbial cell wall. Dhruv Khullar, The New Yorker, 11 Aug. 2021

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Word History

Etymology

crenellate "to furnish with crenellations" + -ation — more at crenellated

First Known Use

circa 1838, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of crenellation was circa 1838

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Cite this Entry

“Crenellation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/crenellation. Accessed 3 Jun. 2023.

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