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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 previewDefending Your Castle (2014)

Build Catapults, Crossbows, Moats, Bulletproof Shields, and More Defensive Devices to Fend Off the Invading Hordes by William Gurstelle

An abatis is a quickly constructed defensive obstacle made from felled trees. The idea is to make a thick, difficult-to-traverse matrix of branches that will slow or prevent both Hun and Tatar horses and Crusader and Macedonian infantry attack .

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 at hand ; and ...

Google previewFarrow's Military Encyclopedia (1885)

A Dictionary of Military Knowledge by Edward Samuel Farrow

Abatis. ABSTERIDAM PERCUSSION-FUSE. 8 ACADEMIC BOARD. | This pressure is much. ABACA.—The fibre of a species of plantain or banana, Musa Troglodytarum, a native of the Philippine Isles, where it is extensively cultivated.

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 previewThe Unabridged Devil's Dictionary (2001)

by Ambrose Bierce

“The front of the enemy's earthworks was protected by an intricate abatis of ...

Google previewThe National Standard Dictionary (1883)

A Pronouncing Lexicon of the English Language

ABATIS A& is a vowel, and the first letter of , the alphabet. It has four distinct sounds ; the long or Blender, as in place ; the short, as in cat ; the open, or Italian, as in father; and the broad sound, as in wall. The long or slender is the true Knglish ...

Google previewAll about hard words: a dictionary of every-day difficulties in reading, writing and speaking the English language (1874)

Abatis, ab-atis (French, abatis). A species of entrenchment, affording an excellent and ready addition to the ...

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Scrabble value of A1B3A1T1I1S1

The value of this 6-letter word is 8 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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