glacis

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noun gla·cis \gla-ˈsē, ˈgla-sē\

Definition of glacis

plural

glacis

play \gla-ˈsēz, ˈgla-sēz\
  1. 1a :  a gentle slope :  inclineb :  a slope that runs downward from a fortification

  2. 2 :  buffer state; also :  buffer zone

Origin and Etymology of glacis

French, from glacer to freeze, slide


First Known Use: 1672


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