abatis

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n abatis a line of defense consisting of a barrier of felled or live trees with branches (sharpened or with barbed wire entwined) pointed toward the enemy
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Abatis ăb"ȧ*tĭs; French ȧ`bȧ`tē" (Fort) A means of defense formed by felled trees, the ends of whose branches are sharpened and directed outwards, or against the enemy.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n abatis In the middle ages, an officer of the stables who had the care of measuring out the provender; an avenor.
    • n abatis In fortification, a barricade made of felled trees denuded of their smaller branches, with the butt-ends of the trunks embedded in the earth or secured by pickets, and the sharpened ends of the branches directed upward and outward toward an advancing enemy, for the purpose of obstructing his progress. In field-fortifications the abatis is usually constructed in front of the ditch. See fortification.
    • n abatis In coal-mining, walls of cord-wood piled up crosswise to keep the underground roads open so as to secure ventilation.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n.sing., pl Abatis a′bat-is (fort.) a rampart of trees felled and laid side by side, with the branches towards the enemy.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. abatis, abattis, mass of things beaten or cut down, fr. abattre,. See Abate
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. See Abate.

Usage

In literature:

Lieutenant Charpentier ordered a clearing made and a circular abatis of underbrush constructed about the camp.
"Tarzan of the Apes" by Edgar Rice Burroughs
He had waited long, and worked hard, and his whole soul went out as he watched the troops cross the abatis and scale the works.
"Good Stories For Great Holidays" by Frances Jenkins Olcott
Jagged abatis, driven piles, and artificial lumber, bar the way before us.
"Campaigns of a Non-Combatant," by George Alfred Townsend
This abatis was a formidable and fearful obstruction.
"The Bishop of Cottontown" by John Trotwood Moore
Abatis on open ground is most conveniently made of branches about 15 feet long.
"Manual of Military Training" by James A. Moss
Probably they did not wish to taste Ser Neri degli Abati's cookery a second time.
"Dante: His Times and His Work" by Arthur John Butler
In these cases I threw up an earth-work, and protected it with abatis.
"The Battle of Atlanta" by Grenville M. Dodge
Again, at double-quick, the column went forward to within fifty yards of the fort, to meet there another line of abatis.
"The Black Phalanx" by Joseph T. Wilson
Here the enemy had strong earthworks, with an almost impenetrable abatis.
"Uncle Daniel's Story Of "Tom" Anderson And Twenty Great Battles" by John McElroy
Without making the least noise, Si reached the edge of the abatis.
"Si Klegg, Book 6 (of 6) Si And Shorty, With Their Boy Recruits, Enter On The Atlanta Campaign" by John McElroy
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In news:

Jaime MacDougal of Stoughton, left, and Stefanie Abati of East Bridgewater hold magazines featuring vampire Edward Cullen and werewolf Jacob Black from the "Twilight" book series by Stephenie Meyer.
Spokesman Reuben Abati said in a statement that Meni Innocent Jonathan died Tuesday at the National Hospital in Nigeria's capital of Abuja following a brief illness.
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