[ em-brey-zher ]
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  1. (in fortification) an opening, as a loophole or crenel, through which missiles may be discharged.

  2. Architecture. a splayed enlargement of a door or window toward the inner face of a wall.

  1. 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

Other words from embrasure

  • em·bra·sured, adjective

Words Nearby embrasure

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How to use embrasure in a sentence

  • I leaned back in the embrasure in a more comfortable position, so that I could enjoy more fully the aerial gambolling.

    Dracula | Bram Stoker
  • I turned with a gasp of excitement and satisfaction: yes, the embrasure of the wall was deep enough; what a wall it was!

  • The bank was a parapet, behind which the gunboats crouched, firing up the bayou as through an embrasure.

  • The men who work these guns now do not need to see the enemy, even through the porthole or the embrasure.

    Steam Steel and Electricity | James W. Steele
  • The day before yesterday he saw the smoke from an embrasure on his left and heard a shell coming, but did not see it.

    The Life of Gordon, Volume I | Demetrius Charles Boulger

British Dictionary definitions for embrasure


/ (ɪmˈbreɪʒə) /

  1. fortifications an opening or indentation, as in a battlement, for shooting through

  2. an opening forming a door or window, having splayed sides that increase the width of the opening in the interior

Origin of embrasure

C18: from French, from obsolete embraser to widen, of uncertain origin

Derived forms of embrasure

  • embrasured, adjective

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