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cren·el

 (krĕn′əl)
n.
1. An open space or notch between two merlons in a battlement or crenelated wall.
2. A crenature.

[Middle English, from Old French; see crenelated.]

crenel

(ˈkrɛnəl) or

crenelle

n
1. (Architecture) any of a set of openings formed in the top of a wall or parapet and having slanting sides, as in a battlement
2. (Biology) another name for crenation
[C15: from Old French, literally: a little notch, from cren notch, from Late Latin crēna]

cren•el

(ˈkrɛn l)

also cre•nelle

(krɪˈnɛl)
n.
any of the open spaces between the merlons of a battlement.
[1475–85; < Middle French, Old French, appar. diminutive of Middle French cren notch, Old French cran; compare crenate, cranny]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.crenel - one of a series of rounded projections (or the notches between them) formed by curves along an edge (as the edge of a leaf or piece of cloth or the margin of a shell or a shriveled red blood cell observed in a hypertonic solution etc.)crenel - one of a series of rounded projections (or the notches between them) formed by curves along an edge (as the edge of a leaf or piece of cloth or the margin of a shell or a shriveled red blood cell observed in a hypertonic solution etc.)
curve, curved shape - the trace of a point whose direction of motion changes
2.crenel - a notch or open space between two merlons in a crenelated battlement
battlement, crenelation, crenellation - a rampart built around the top of a castle with regular gaps for firing arrows or guns
space - an empty area (usually bounded in some way between things); "the architect left space in front of the building"; "they stopped at an open space in the jungle"; "the space between his teeth"
Verb1.crenel - supply with battlements
architecture - the profession of designing buildings and environments with consideration for their esthetic effect
furnish, provide, supply, render - give something useful or necessary to; "We provided the room with an electrical heater"
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A view of Carcassonne castle showing ramparts, crenels, and arrow loops Source: Jacqueline Macou, Pixabay
In the former, the oppositeness of meaning is automatically suggested by the prefix counter-; in the latter, it takes some encyclopaedic knowledge to visualise how crenels and merlons complement each other within a crenellation.