noun, plural ab·a·tis [ab-uh-teez, uh-bat-eez] /ˈæb əˌtiz, əˈbæt iz/, ab·a·tis·es [ab-uh-tis-iz, uh-bat-uh-siz] /ˈæb əˌtɪs ɪz, əˈbæt ə sɪz/.
Origin of abatis
Examples from the Web for abatis
They reached the abatis and one man leaped on the breastworks before they fell back in bloody confusion.The Southerner|Thomas Dixon
The fire was successful, though some few miraculously cleared the abatis.The Life of a Regimental Officer|A. F. Mockler-Ferryman
Between these pits and the Fort were wire entanglements, running from stump to stump, and also an abatis.
The limbs had been trimmed and pointed, and thus formed an abatis in front of the greater part of the line.Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant, Complete|Ulysses S. Grant
They went over carefully that part of the works they had crossed, and the abatis in front, but could find no trace of him.Si Klegg, Book 6 (of 6)|John McElroy
British Dictionary definitions for abatis
Word Origin for abatis
Word Origin and History for abatis
"defense made of felled trees," 1766, from French abatis, literally "things thrown down," from Old French abateis, from abattre "to beat down, throw down" (see abate).