- a gentle slope.
- Fortification. a bank of earth in front of the counterscarp or covered way of a fort, having an easy slope toward the field or open country.
Origin of glacis
Examples from the Web for glacis
We then crawled on our stomachs across the glacis till we arrived at the rampart.Peter Simple
In six days they completed the parapet, with a glacis on the opposite side.The Battle of New Orleans
Zachary F. Smith
No one appeared: the glacis and entrenchments seemed abandoned.The Tiger-Slayer
They crossed the street and went down the glacis of the cobblestoned wharf.Edith and John
Franklin S. Farquhar
Russia already held the glacis, as represented by Usbeg-Turkistan.India Under British Rule
James Talboys Wheeler
- a slight incline; slope
- an open slope in front of a fortified place
- short for glacis plate
Word Origin and History for glacis
"sloping bank" (especially leading up to a fortification), 1670s, from French glacir "to freeze, make slippery," from Old French glacier "to slip, glide," from Vulgar Latin *glaciare "to make or turn into ice," from glacies (see glacial).