battlement definition

  • noun:
    • A notched parapet constructed on top of a wall, with alternating merlons and crenels for design or defense. Also referred to as embattlement.
    • In fortification: an indented parapet, created by a series of increasing members called cops or merlons, divided by spaces called crenelles or embrasures, the soldier sheltering himself behind the merlon while he fires through embrasure or through a loophole into the battlement.
    • Any high wall for defense.
    • one of many solid upright elements of a parapet in ancient fortifications.
    • the entire parapet, composed of alternative solids and open areas. In the beginning strictly a military function, afterward copied on a smaller scale with ornamental functions, for churches.
    • In fortification, an indented parapet, created by some rising people called cops or merlons, separated by spaces known as crenelles or embrasures, the soldier sheltering himself behind the merlon as he fires through embrasure or through a loophole in merlon.
    • Hence Any high wall for defense.
    • a rampart built round the top of a castle with regular gaps for firing arrows or guns

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