- Often battlements. a parapet or cresting, originally defensive but later usually decorative, consisting of a regular alternation of merlons and crenels; crenelation.
Origin of battlement
Related Words for battlementfortification, escarpment, bastion, rampart, tower, balustrade, embattlement
Examples from the Web for battlement
Historical Examples of battlement
She bent over the battlement, stooped her face towards me, and kissed me on the mouth.Wilfrid Cumbermede
Moat and battlement grimace but faintly from behind their ornaments.Erik Dorn
We lean on the battlement, long since dismantled, and gaze beneath us.Our Home in the Silver West
For that we must go to the Castle ruin that crowns Lewes as with a battlement.England of My Heart--Spring
Upon a knoll was a small square building with a battlement round it.Sir Nigel
Arthur Conan Doyle
- a parapet or wall with indentations or embrasures, originally for shooting through
Word Origin for battlement
early 14c., from Old French bataillement, earlier bastillement "fortification," from bastillier "to fortify, to equip with battlements," from bastille "fortress, tower" (see bastion). The raised parts are cops or merlons; the indentations are embrasures or crenelles.