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also cren·el·lat·ed  (krĕn′ə-lā′tĭd)
1. Having battlements.
2. Indented; notched: a crenelated wall.

[Probably from French créneler, to furnish with battlements, from Old French crenel, crenelation, diminutive of cren, notch; see cranny.]

cren′e·la′tion n.
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, crenelle - A crenelation (from Latin crena, "notch") is a series of indentations or loopholes around the top of a castle, battlement, or wall—with each indentation being a crenelle (or crenel).
See also related terms for notch.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.crenelation - a rampart built around the top of a castle with regular gaps for firing arrows or gunscrenelation - 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"
2.crenelation - the action of constructing ramparts with gaps for firing guns or arrows
construction, building - the act of constructing something; "during the construction we had to take a detour"; "his hobby was the building of boats"
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Yes, I had the sharpest sense that during this transit he never took his eyes from me, and I can see at this moment the way his hand, as he went, passed from one of the crenelations to the next.
Street-level shops and a mezzanine are marked by restrained historicist ornament, while the building's upper reaches sport neoGothic windows, crenelation, and a crowning lantern loosely referencing the tower at Salamanca further adorned with crocketed gabled windows.
The crenelation and turrets look real, or almost real, in the dimness.