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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.
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(Fortifications) a parapet or wall with indentations or embrasures, originally for shooting through
[C14: from Old French batailles, plural of bataille battle]
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bat•tle•ment(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.
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|Noun||1.||battlement - a rampart built around the top of a castle with regular gaps for firing arrows or guns|
merlon - a solid section between two crenels in a crenelated battlement
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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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