Noun Abatis Definition and Examples


Noun:

Abatis

Pronunciation:

/ˈabətɪs/

Definition:
1.

noun

A defence made of felled trees placed lengthwise over each other with the boughs pointing outwards.
  1. 'They were built as a system of separate fortresses, abatis lines, and on forested terrain, tree blowdowns.'
  2. 'Union soldiers completed digging a series of ditches that zigzagged forward and reached the abatis.'
((n.) Alt. of Abattis)


Origin:
Mid 18th century: from French, literally ‘felled (trees)’, from Old French abatre ‘to fell’ (see abate).

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