[ fleysh; French flesh ]
/ fleɪʃ; French flɛʃ /
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noun, plural flè·ches [fley-shiz; French flesh]. /ˈfleɪ ʃɪz; French flɛʃ/.

Architecture. a steeple or spire, especially one in the Gothic style, emerging from the ridge of a roof.
Fortification. a fieldwork consisting of two faces forming a salient angle with an open gorge.
Fencing. a method of attack with saber or épée in which the attacker leaves from the rear foot and advances rapidly toward the opponent.



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Origin of flèche

1700–10; <French: literally, arrow, probably <Germanic. Cf. fly2
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British Dictionary definitions for flèche

/ (fleɪʃ, flɛʃ) /


Also called: spirelet a slender spire, esp over the intersection of the nave and transept ridges of a church roof
a pointed part of a fortification directed towards the attackers
fencing a short running attack
C18: from French: spire (literally: arrow), probably of Germanic origin; related to Middle Low German flieke long arrow
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