abatis definition

  • noun:
    • A defensive hurdle made by laying felled trees on top of both with limbs, sometimes sharpened, facing the opponent.
    • a way of protection created by felled woods, the ends of whoever branches are sharpened and directed outwards, or contrary to the enemy.
    • In the middle ages, an officer for the stables that has the care of calculating out the provender; an avenor.
    • In fortification, a barricade made of felled woods denuded of the smaller limbs, utilizing the butt-ends associated with the trunks embedded inside planet or secured by pickets, plus the sharpened finishes associated with limbs directed upward and outward toward an advancing enemy, for the true purpose of obstructing their development.
    • In coal-mining, walls of cord-wood piled-up crosswise maintain the underground roadways open in order to secure air flow.
    • a line of protection consisting of a barrier of felled or live trees with branches (sharpened or with barbed-wire entwined) pointed toward the enemy

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