Bartizan

Definitions

  • Bartizan
    Bartizan
  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Bartizan (Arch) A small, overhanging structure for lookout or defense, usually projecting at an angle of a building or near an entrance gateway.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n bartizan In architecture, a small overhanging turret, pierced with loopholes or embrasures, or with both, and projecting generally from an angle at the top of a tower, or from the parapet of a building or medieval fortification-wall.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. Brettice

Usage

In literature:

The crow's-nest was built like a bartizan on the precipitous front of the position.
"A Footnote to History Eight Years of Trouble in Samoa" by Robert Louis Stevenson
He took it in his hand, and stepping out on the bartizan, crept with careful steps round to the watch-tower.
"Donal Grant" by George MacDonald
BARTIZAN, a small overhanging turret, the battlements.
"Red Gauntlet" by Sir Walter Scott
High aloft hung the wooden bartizan or watch-tower, clinging to the face of the outer wall and looming black against the pale sky above.
"Otto of the Silver Hand" by Howard Pyle
BARTIZAN, an overhanging wall-mounted turret projecting from the walls of ancient fortifications.
"The Nuttall Encyclopaedia" by Edited by Rev. James Wood
Bartizans generally are furnished with oylets or arrow-slits.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 3" by Various
The crow's-nest was built like a bartizan on the precipitous front of the position.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 17 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Over them rose, like a massive head, the citadel with its bartizans projecting as a crown about the brow.
"The Captain of the Janizaries" by James M. Ludlow
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In poetry:

He pass'd the court-gate, and he oped the tower-gate,
And he mounted the narow stair,
To the bartizan-seat, where, with maids that on her wait,
He found his lady fair.
"The Eve of St. John" by Sir Walter Scott