glacis

noun
gla·​cis | \ gla-ˈsē How to pronounce glacis (audio) , ˈgla-sē \
plural glacis\ gla-​ˈsēz How to pronounce glacis (audio) , ˈgla-​sēz \

Definition of glacis

1a : a gentle slope : incline
b : a slope that runs downward from a fortification

Examples of glacis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Instead, the succeeding Jewish kingdom under Hasmonean rule cut into the glacis during construction in later years. National Geographic, "Jerusalem Dig Uncovers Ancient Greek Citadel," 22 Apr. 2016

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First Known Use of glacis

1672, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for glacis

French, from glacer to freeze, slide

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“Glacis.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/glacis. Accessed 26 January 2020.

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