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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
  • Gregory and his daughter were talking together in the embrasure of a window.

    The Tavern Knight Rafael Sabatini
  • On every embrasure and gallery, on every terrace and platform, it was the same.

    Confessions Of Con Cregan Charles James Lever
  • Lady Stafford is sitting within the embrasure of the window.

    Molly Bawn Margaret Wolfe Hamilton
  • The gun fired through an embrasure or loophole in the wall of the room.

  • She sat with him in the adjoining room, in the embrasure of the window, for the rest of the evening.

    Daisy Miller Henry James
  • But her aunt, turning her back to her, moved into the embrasure of the window.

    Miss Mackenzie

    Anthony Trollope
  • Miltoun was standing in the embrasure of a window above the terrace.

    The Patrician John Galsworthy
  • And motioning her husband to a chair, she sat down in the embrasure of a window.

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

    The White Chief Mayne Reid
  • From the embrasure of his prison Carlos looked upon the terrible spectacle.

    The White Chief Mayne Reid
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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