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Definition of the noun abatis

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noun - plural: abatises

  1. a line of defense consisting of a barrier of felled or live trees with branches (sharpened or with barbed wire entwined) pointed toward the enemy
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonym of abatis: abattis
    • more generic terms: line of defence / line of defense = defensive structure consisting of a barrier that can be employed for defense against attack


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Google previewNotes on Field Fortification (1914)

by Army Service Schools (U.S.)

An abatis is an obstacle presenting the sharpened ends of pronged timber to the enemy. In felling trees they may be dropped towards the direction of hostile approach, left attached to the stump, the foliage and smaller branches cleaned off ...

Google previewThe 1300 Year's War (2016)

by Robert Maddock

An abatis is a defensive position that consists of a series of trenches and mounds of increasing height. Sharpened pikes from felled trees point outward from mounds facing the enemy. This prevented cavalry attacks and allowed defending ...

Google previewAlonzo's War (2012)

Letters from a Young Civil War Soldier by Alonzo Bryant Searing, Mary Searing O'Shaughnessy

An abatis is an obstacle formed of the branches of trees laid in a row, with the tops, sometimes sharpened, pointing toward the enemy. 6. A cheval-de-frise is a portable obstacle, like a sawhorse, covered with barbed wire or spikes. The plural ...

Google previewConstance Fenimore Woolson (2004)

Selected Stories and Travel Narratives by Constance Fenimore Woolson

Throughout this passage, Woolson refers to architectural terms relating to the fort: a bartizan is a small turret overhanging a roof or tower; a flexus is a winding structure; an abatis is a barricade made of pointed trees or branches; scarp and ...

Google previewA Surgeon in the Army of the Potomac (2008)

by Francis M. Wafer, Cheryl A. Wells

Abatis is a defensive feature in which trees are cut, sharpened, and then laid parallel with the sharp end facing the enemy.

Google previewThe Future of Digital Business Innovation (2016)

Trends and Practices by Vincenzo Morabito

Abatis is a tech spinout company from Royal Holloway University of London that brings a wealth of law enforcement and private security experience to the market. Dataloop is a cloud monitoring application that aids businesses to stay “up and ...

Google previewOhio Volunteer (2005)

The Childhood & Civil War Memoirs of Captain John Calvin Hartzell, OVI by John Calvin Hartzell

An abatis is a defense obstacle formed by felled trees with sharpened branches facing the enemy. The chevaux-de-frise is a defense consisting of timber or iron barrels covered with projecting spikes and often strung with barbed wire. 37.

Google previewEncyclopaedia Londinensis (1810)

by John Wilkes

The abatis is a very trsesul work on most occasions, especiallyon sudden emergencies, when trees are near ...

Google previewWars of the Age of Louis XIV, 1650-1715: An Encyclopedia of Global Warfare and Civilization (2008)

An Encyclopedia of Global Warfare and Civilization by Cathal J. Nolan

abatis. A field obstacle made from a felled tree laid lengthwise, with sharpened branches facing the enemy. Iron spikes were sometimes used as well. During siege operations abatis protected miners and sappers, as well as musketeers and ...

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of the American Revolution (2009)

by Terry M. Mays

Wayne planned to employ two special groups of troops with axes to cut through the abatis around the fort, which would then be assaulted by two small squads of men chosen to quickly enter and engage the enemy in hand-to-hand combat.

Google previewThe South Carolina Encyclopedia Guide to the American Revolution in South Carolina (2012)

by Walter Edgar

The British constructed the formidable stockaded post on top of an ancient Indian mound, surrounding it with three rows of sharpened tree trunks and branches called abatis. On April 15, 1781, the Americans under the command of Francis ...

Google previewAlexander Dumas Dictionary Of Cuisine (2014)

by Dumas,

The comband kidneys of the rooster, the wing tipsofhens, thespinal marrow, gizzard, andneck of the turkey, calves' sweetbreads and brains, are called giblets (abatis). Cockscombs andcock kidneys are used toembellish all the great ragouts ...

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of the War of 1812 (2006)

by Robert Malcomson

At the edge of the woods beyond the fourth breastwork, de Salaberry erected an abatis overlooking a wide cultivated field and about seven miles of unforested terrain. De Salaberry commanded about 400 men, most of them French Canadian ...

Google previewThe Encyclopaedia Britannica (1911)

A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature and General Information

An abatis should be protected from artillery fire, which is sometimes done by placing it in a shallow excavation with the earth thrown up in front of it. - From Mil. Engineering: Field Defences, by permission of the Controller H.M. Stationery Office.

Google previewEncyclopaedia Britannica; Or A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and Miscellaneous Literature (1823)

"Abatis Abauzit. Abbé ABBE', in a monastic sense, the same with ABBot. Abasa fess the Mahometan religion. In manners, dress, mode | of life, and, in some degree, in language, they resemble Abatio. , the Circassians. They practise ...

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Scrabble value of A1B3A1T1I1S1

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