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[em-brey-zher] /ɛmˈbreɪ ʒər/
(in fortification) an opening, as a loophole or crenel, through which missiles may be discharged.
Architecture. a splayed enlargement of a door or window toward the inner face of a wall.
Dentistry. the space between adjacent teeth.
Origin of embrasure
1695-1705; < French, equivalent to embras(er) to enlarge a window or door opening, make an embrasure (apparently the same v. as embraser to set on fire (see embrace2), though sense shift unclear) + -ure -ure
Related forms
embrasured, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for embrasure
Historical Examples
  • He was sitting with her in an embrasure, his senses tingling with the contact of the waltz.

    The Forsyte Saga, Complete John Galsworthy
  • They were adobe bricks, and the embrasure enabled him to tell their thickness.

    The White Chief Mayne Reid
  • The five fishermen rose, and retired into the embrasure of a window.

    The Knight of Malta Eugene Sue
  • From the embrasure of his prison Carlos looked upon the terrible spectacle.

    The White Chief Mayne Reid
  • I raised myself on tiptoe, stretching my neck as far as I could into the embrasure.

    The Rifle Rangers Captain Mayne Reid
  • He found her a moment alone and near the embrasure of a window.

  • Together they stood in the shadows of the embrasure, half seeing each other.

    Stover at Yale Owen Johnson
  • Gregory and his daughter were talking together in the embrasure of a window.

    The Tavern Knight Rafael Sabatini
  • The King certainly had one evening withdrawn with his confessor into the embrasure of a window.

    Political Women, Vol. 2 (of 2) Sutherland Menzies
  • But the finest thing was a statue of St. Peter in the embrasure of the window.

    Bouvard and Pcuchet Gustave Flaubert
British Dictionary definitions for embrasure


(fortifications) an opening or indentation, as in a battlement, for shooting through
an opening forming a door or window, having splayed sides that increase the width of the opening in the interior
Derived Forms
embrasured, adjective
Word Origin
C18: from French, from obsolete embraser to widen, of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for embrasure

1702, from French embrasure (16c.), from Old French embraser "to cut at a slant, make a groove or furrow in a door or window," from en- "in" (see en- (1)) + braser "to cut at a slant."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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embrasure in Medicine

embrasure em·bra·sure (ěm-brā'zhər)
The sloped valley between two teeth.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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