[fleysh; French flesh]
- 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.
Origin of flèche
1700–10; < French: literally, arrow, probably < Germanic. Cf. fly1
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It was a strongly-built square redoubt, the entrance being protected by a fleche.Travels Through North America, v. 1-2
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- 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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