- an opening in the floor between the corbels of a projecting gallery or parapet, as on a wall or in the vault of a passage, through which missiles, molten lead, etc., might be cast upon an enemy beneath.
- a projecting gallery or parapet with such openings.
Origin of machicolation
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Examples from the Web for machicolation
Gables were furnished with crow-steps, while machicolation became at times almost fantastic.British Castles
Charles H. Ashdown
It was therefore superseded ere long by the use of machicolation, where a projecting stone gallery replaced the woodwork.The Art of War in the Middle Ages A.D. 378-1515
C. W. C. Oman
- (esp in medieval castles) a projecting gallery or parapet supported on corbels having openings through which missiles could be dropped
- any such opening