embrasure

noun
em·​bra·​sure | \im-ˈbrā-zhər \

Definition of embrasure 

1 : an opening with sides flaring outward in a wall or parapet of a fortification usually for allowing the firing of cannon

2 : a recess of a door or window

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Halfway down the building, that decoration even turns a somersault as a band of ornate terra cotta goes from sitting flat on the facade above the narrow embrasures to becoming a protruding cornice over the wider ones. Blake Gopnik, New York Times, "Reviving the Joy of Decoration at Nike’s New SoHo Building," 1 Oct. 2017 There were openings in the upper walls, accessible to the men on the ramparts, called embrasures, through which archers could shoot. William Gurstelle, Popular Mechanics, "How to Storm a Castle," 10 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of embrasure

1702, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for embrasure

French, from obsolete embraser to widen an opening

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embrasure

noun
em·​bra·​sure | \im-ˈbrā-zhər \

Medical Definition of embrasure 

: the sloped valley between adjacent teeth

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