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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.
He therefore retired a little space from the battlement, yet without losing all his ground, for he still thought to cover himself with glory.
It was repeated three times, with as much violence as if it had been blown before an enchanted castle by the destined knight, at whose summons halls and towers, barbican and battlement, were to roll off like a morning vapour.
uf's castle raise their grey and moss-grown battlements, glimmering in the morning sun above the wood by which they were surrounded, than he instantly augured more truly concerning the cause of his misfortune.
My first view of it shall be in front," I determined, "where its bold battlements will strike the eye nobly at once, and where I can single out my master's very window: perhaps he will be standing at it--he rises early: perhaps he is now walking in the orchard, or on the pavement in front.
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.
A few rays of light, a wan, sinister light, that seemed to have been stolen from an expiring luminary, fell through some opening or other upon an old tower that raised its pasteboard battlements on the stage; everything, in this deceptive light, adopted a fantastic shape.
I came upon it by a winding ledge of road, which clung to the bare side of the hill like the battlements of some huge castle.
and it had seen the time when these broken arches and crumbling battlements were a trim and strong and stately fortress, fluttering its gay banners in the sun, and peopled with vigorous humanity--how impossibly long ago that seems
San Paolo be my witness that did ye but find the stout Count Leonardo in his cups, sheer from the castle's topmost battlements would he hurl ye all
To this inn, which to him seemed a castle, he advanced, and at a short distance from it he checked Rocinante, hoping that some dwarf would show himself upon the battlements, and by sound of trumpet give notice that a knight was approaching the castle.
It is certain that this monastery, which had a grand air, both as a church and as a seignory; that abbatial palace, where the bishops of Paris counted themselves happy if they could pass the night; that refectory, upon which the architect had bestowed the air, the beauty, and the rose window of a cathedral; that elegant chapel of the Virgin; that monumental dormitory; those vast gardens; that portcullis; that drawbridge; that envelope of battlements which notched to the eye the verdure of the surrounding meadows; those courtyards, where gleamed men at arms, intermingled with golden copes;--the whole grouped and clustered about three lofty spires, with round arches, well planted upon a Gothic apse, made a magnificent figure against the horizon.