- Fortification. a defense consisting of pointed stakes projecting from the ramparts in a horizontal or an inclined position.
- a ruff worn around the neck in the 16th century.
- a woman's embroidered scarf worn with ends crossed on the chest and pinned with a brooch or the like, popular in the early 19th century.
- Horology. a cutting tool for correcting inaccuracies in the teeth of a timepiece wheel.
Origin of fraise1
1765–75; < French, derivative of fraiser “to frizzle, curl” < Provençal frezar ≪ Germanic; compare Old English frīs “curled”
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Examples from the Web for fraise
A fraise is a palisade horizontal, or nearly so, projecting from the scarp or counterscarp.Manual of Military Training
James A. Moss
Too much Fraise cannot be awarded to Mr. Watson for his exertions in rescuing this lad.Discoveries in Australia, Volume 1.
J Lort Stokes
Fraise, my cousin, who is crying bitterly because her fine dress is wet through.Madame Chrysantheme
- a neck ruff worn during the 16th century
- a sloping or horizontal rampart of pointed stakes
- a tool for enlarging a drill hole
- a tool for cutting teeth on watch wheels
C18: from French: mesentery of a calf, from Old French fraiser to remove a shell, from Latin frendere to crush
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