- 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
Examples from the Web for battlements
While the ghost of default stalks the battlements, he dithers and spouts soliloquies.To Be or Not To Be…A Loser: Boehner’s Hamlet Moment
October 4, 2013
The gates were closed, and not a man was to be seen on the battlements.Stories from Thucydides
H. L. Havell
Earl Hugh's turreted tower also rises boldly from the battlements.England, Picturesque and Descriptive
To this they set fire, just as Odin flew over the battlements.Told by the Northmen:
E. M. [Ethel Mary] Wilmot-Buxton
The top rises in a cone, or pyramid of stone, encompassed by battlements.A Journey to the Western Isles of Scotland
The banners of France fluttered in the gentle breeze over all the battlements of the fort.
- a parapet or wall with indentations or embrasures, originally for shooting through
Word Origin and History for battlements
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.