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 (ăb′ə-tē′, -tĭs)
n. pl. ab·a·tis (-tēz′) or ab·a·tis·es (-tĭ-sĭz)
A defensive obstacle made by laying felled trees on top of each other with branches, sometimes sharpened, facing the enemy.

[French, pile of things thrown down, from Old French abateis; akin to abattre, to throw down; see abate.]


(ˈæbətɪs; ˈæbətiː) or


1. (Fortifications) a rampart of felled trees bound together placed with their branches outwards
2. (Fortifications) a barbed-wire entanglement before a position
[C18: from French, from abattre to fell]


(ˈæb əˌti, -tɪs, əˈbæt i, əˈbæt ɪs)

n., pl. ab•a•tis (ˈæb əˌtiz, əˈbæt iz)
ab•a•tis•es (ˈæb əˌtɪs ɪz, əˈbæt ə sɪz)
a defensive obstacle formed from rows of tree branches, with an end of each branch facing outward toward the enemy.
[1760–70; < French; Old French abateis < Vulgar Latin *abatteticius, derivative of Old French abattre (see abate)]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.abatis - a line of defense consisting of a barrier of felled or live trees with branches (sharpened or with barbed wire entwined) pointed toward the enemyabatis - a line of defense consisting of a barrier of felled or live trees with branches (sharpened or with barbed wire entwined) pointed toward the enemy
line of defence, line of defense - defensive structure consisting of a barrier that can be employed for defense against attack
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Lieutenant Charpentier ordered a clearing made and a circular abatis of underbrush constructed about the camp.
The besieged had drawn together a pile of black logs and branches of trees, which they had formed into a chevaux-de- frise, making a little circular abatis in front of the entrance to the cave.
Caption: An American Soldier gets hands-on training on abatis charges with French troops
The majority of the local economy is based on a traveling family farming in abatis (burn) for own consumption (growing manioc, tubers, fruits and other vegetables).
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14) Especially significant variation in legal practice, service landholding norms, and the status rights and obligations of servicemen occurred south of the Abatis Line from the 1630s, when the military colonization of the new Belgorod Line frontier selected for settlement by odnodvortsy, yeomen recruited from plebeian social origins, with smaller service lands, smaller entitlement rates, few or no peasant tenants, and (until the 1650s) exemption from distant service in the campaign army.
Caption: Re-enactors in the uniform of the Canadian Voltigeurs take shelter behind the bristling hedgehog defence of an abatis, similar to the one that would have been constructed by the fearless company at the Battle of Chateauguay, October 26, 1813.
Dignos de nombre eterno, O Canarios, sereis, si la arrogancia Del espanol intrepido imitando, Al barbaro abatis, si al estupendo Golpe de vuestro brazo, De los Napoleones Impavidos hollais los pabellones; Y de su prole obscura A los potentes principes y reyes, En los ajenos tronos colocados, Las testas destrozais, cetros y leyes.
puis il y eut un abatis de soucoupes, l'appel d'un chien, le bonjour d'un buveur qui, retourne sur son tabouret, saluait des doigts un nouveau venu et se remettait aussitot le nez dans ses cartes.
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Likewise, the main gun makes short work of wire obstacles, log cribs, abatis and so forth.
The top three scorers who qualified were Marc Ingram of London House, Andy Smith of Bank of Ireland and Peter Priestley of Abatis Limited.