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A notched parapet built on top of a wall, with alternating merlons and crenels for decoration or defense. Also called embattlement.

[Middle English batelment, alteration (influenced by batel, battle) of Old French batillement, tower, turret, from bastille; see bastille.]

bat′tle·ment′ed (-mĕn′tĭd) adj.


(Fortifications) a parapet or wall with indentations or embrasures, originally for shooting through
[C14: from Old French batailles, plural of bataille battle]
ˈbattlemented adj


(ˈbæt l mənt)

Often, battlements. a parapet of a fortification consisting of a regular alternation of merlons and crenels.
[1275–1325; Middle English < Middle French bataille battlement]
bat′tle•ment`ed (-ˌmɛn tɪd) adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.battlement - a rampart built around the top of a castle with regular gaps for firing arrows or gunsbattlement - a rampart built around the top of a castle with regular gaps for firing arrows or guns
crenel, crenelle - a notch or open space between two merlons in a crenelated battlement
fortress, fort - a fortified defensive structure
merlon - a solid section between two crenels in a crenelated battlement
bulwark, rampart, wall - an embankment built around a space for defensive purposes; "they stormed the ramparts of the city"; "they blew the trumpet and the walls came tumbling down"


noun rampart, wall, defence, fence, fort, barricade, stronghold, barbican, bastion, embankment, parapet, fortification, bulwark, earthwork, breastwork, bartizan, crenellation Guns could also be seen behind the battlements of the fort itself.
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Then Sarpedon seized the battlement in his strong hands, and tugged at it till it all gave way together, and a breach was made through which many might pass.
Let us ascend this battlement, and throw our eyes upon the town and neighboring country.
There was a full moon, as I walked to the window; I could have seen a bird on the bare battlement, or a sail on the horizon.
Bright shone the sun on battlement and tower, and in the blue air overhead a Hock of clattering jackdaws flew around the gilded weather vane and spire.
It called the players for the first game, and simultaneously there fluttered to the peaks of a thousand staffs on tower and battlement and the great wall of the stadium the rich, gay pennons of the fighting chiefs of Manator.
All day long he was running towers up, taking towers down, adding a wing here, putting on a battlement there, looking to the walls, strengthening the defences, giving ornamental touches to the interior, making in all respects a superb castle of it.
The gold was still in the sky, the clearness in the air, and the man who looked at me over the battlements was as definite as a picture in a frame.
Clarence dropped in from time to time and said the public excitement was growing and growing all the time, and the whole country filling up with human masses as far as one could see from the battlements.
ivy-mailed battlements, moldering towers--the Lear of inanimate nature--deserted, discrowned, beaten by the storms, but royal still, and beautiful.
Nothing to do but hitch your rope ladder to the battlements, shin down it, break your leg in the moat -- because a rope ladder is nineteen foot too short, you know -- and there's your horses and your trusty vassles, and they scoop you up and fling you across a saddle, and away you go to your native Langudoc, or Navarre, or wherever it is.
It was three storeys high, of proportions not vast, though considerable: a gentleman's manor-house, not a nobleman's seat: battlements round the top gave it a picturesque look.
On arriving before the battlements, I found the Union Jack flying and the drawbridge up; but undeterred by this show of defiance and resistance, I rang at the gate, and was admitted in a most pacific manner by the Aged.