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a. A projecting gallery at the top of a castle wall, supported by a row of corbels and having openings in the floor through which stones and boiling liquids could be dropped on attackers.
b. One of these openings.
2. A row of small projecting arches used as an ornamental architectural feature.
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1. (Fortifications) (esp in medieval castles) a projecting gallery or parapet supported on corbels having openings through which missiles could be dropped
2. any such opening
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ma•chic•o•la•tion(məˌtʃɪk əˈleɪ ʃən)
1. an opening in the floor between the corbels of a projecting gallery or parapet, through which missiles might be cast on an enemy below.
2. a gallery or parapet with such openings.
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|Noun||1.||machicolation - a projecting parapet supported by corbels on a medieval castle; has openings through which stones or boiling water could be dropped on an enemy|
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