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embrasure

[ em-brey-zher ]
/ ɛmˈbreɪ ʒər /
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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.

RELATED WORDS

incision, indentation, heart, cranny, hollow, dent, cubicle, depression, slot, angle, closet, cavity, nook, cell, crutch, fork, opening, alcove, cove, break

Nearby words

embraceor, embracery, embracive, embranchment, embrangle, embrasure, embrittle, embrittlement, embrocate, embrocation, embroglio

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 formsem·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 Formsembrasured, adjective

Word Origin for embrasure

C18: from French, from obsolete embraser to widen, of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for embrasure

embrasure


n.

1702, from French embrasure (16c.), from Old French embraser "to cut at a slant, make a groove or furrow in a door or window," from en- "in" (see en- (1)) + braser "to cut at a slant."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for embrasure

embrasure

[ ĕm-brāzhər ]

n.

The sloped valley between two teeth.
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