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em·bra·sure

 (ĕm-brā′zhər)
n.
1. An opening in a thick wall for a door or window, especially one with sides angled so that the opening is larger on the inside of the wall than on the outside.
2. A flared opening for a gun in a wall or parapet.

[French, from embraser, to widen an opening.]

em·bra′sured adj.

embrasure

(ɪmˈbreɪʒə)
n
1. (Fortifications) fortifications an opening or indentation, as in a battlement, for shooting through
2. (Architecture) an opening forming a door or window, having splayed sides that increase the width of the opening in the interior
[C18: from French, from obsolete embraser to widen, of uncertain origin]
emˈbrasured adj

em•bra•sure

(ɛmˈbreɪ ʒər)

n.
1. an opening in the wall of a fortification through which a cannon may be fired.
2. a splayed enlargement of a door or window toward the inner face of a wall.
[1695–1705; < French, =embras(er) to enlarge a window or door opening, make an embrasure]
em•bra′sured, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.embrasure - an opening (in a wall or ship or armored vehicle) for firing throughembrasure - an opening (in a wall or ship or armored vehicle) for firing through
opening - a vacant or unobstructed space that is man-made; "they left a small opening for the cat at the bottom of the door"
ship - a vessel that carries passengers or freight
Translations

embrasure

[ɪmˈbreɪʒəʳ] N (Archit) → alféizar m (Mil) → tronera f, aspillera f

embrasure

n (in parapet) → Schießscharte f; (of door, window)Laibung f
References in classic literature ?
The original keep was there with its huge buttressed Saxon towers whose mighty fifteen foot walls were pierced with stairways and vaulted chambers, lighted by embrasures which, mere slits in the outer periphery of the walls, spread to larger dimensions within, some even attaining the area of small triangular chambers.
The city wall appeared to be about thirty feet in height, its plastered expanse unbroken except by occasional embrasures. Beyond the wall rose the domes of several structures and numerous minarets dotted the sky line of the city.
The single window opened upon an embattled space surmounting the turret, which gave Rebecca, at first sight, some hopes of escaping; but she soon found it had no communication with any other part of the battlements, being an isolated bartisan, or balcony, secured, as usual, by a parapet, with embrasures, at which a few archers might be stationed for defending the turret, and flanking with their shot the wall of the castle on that side.
As they passed over the drawbridge, Alleyne marked the gleam of arms in the embrasures to right and left, and they had scarce set foot upon the causeway ere a hoarse blare burst from a bugle, and, with screech of hinge and clank of chain, the ponderous bridge swung up into the air, drawn by unseen hands.
There was a rustling in the shadows of a near-by corridor, and he could have sworn that he saw a human hand withdrawn from an embrasure that opened above him into the domelike rotunda in which he found himself.
The other bank of the stream was open ground -- a gentle slope topped with a stockade of vertical tree trunks, loopholed for rifles, with a single embrasure through which protruded the muzzle of a brass cannon commanding the bridge.
D'Artagnan, with a quick step, came forward to take by the hand the unhappy men who stood trembling at the door of the cabinet; he led them in front of the king's fauteuil , who, having placed himself in the embrasure of a window, awaited the moment of presentation, and was preparing himself to give the supplicants a rigorously diplomatic reception.
At this door, in the embrasure of which he was leaning, he saw, standing out strongly, a figure with a brown and lofty countenance, an aquiline nose, a stern but brilliant eye, gray and long hair, a black mustache, the true type of military beauty, whose gorget, more sparkling than a mirror, broke all the reflected lights which concentrated upon it, and sent them back as lightning.
Swinging myself outward, I began the descent, and had come to within a few feet of the ground, being just opposite a narrow window, when I was startled by a savage growl almost in my ear, and then a great taloned paw darted from the aperture to seize me, and I saw the snarling face of a lion within the embrasure.
What do you want?' said I, following her to the embrasure of the window.
There was one among them, the appearance of a lady dressed in black, who was leaning in the embrasure of a window, and she had a light shining upon her golden hair, and she looked like let us ride on again, for God's sake, through the illuminated villages with the people all awake!
de Treville smiled at this flourish; and leaving his young man compatriot in the embrasure of the window, where they had talked together, he seated himself at a table in order to write the promised letter of recommendation.