embrasure

[ em-brey-zher ]
/ ɛmˈbreɪ ʒər /

noun

(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

em·bra·sured, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for embrasure

embrasure

/ (ɪmˈbreɪʒə) /

noun

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 for embrasure

C18: from French, from obsolete embraser to widen, of uncertain origin
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Medicine definitions for embrasure

embrasure

[ ĕm-brāzhər ]

n.

The sloped valley between two teeth.
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