• WordNet 3.6
    • n abattis 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 Abattis 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 abattis See abatis.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n.sing., pl Abattis (fort.) a rampart of trees felled and laid side by side, with the branches towards the enemy.
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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.


In literature:

An impetuous charge was made to within twenty yards of the abattis, but it was baffled by our sturdy front.
"The Campaign of Chancellorsville" by Theodore A. Dodge
The intrenchments were strengthened by abattis and flanked by strong redoubts.
"True to the Old Flag" by G. A. Henty
A long and formidable line of abattis had been made, but the men were compelled to seek some rest.
"The Rock of Chickamauga" by Joseph A. Altsheler
The echoes had not died away when a tremendous fire of musketry was opened by the Poles hidden behind the abattis.
"Jack Archer" by G. A. Henty
As the enemy effected a breach in the abattis and streamed in, Jacob with his horse galloped down upon them at full speed.
"Friends, though divided" by G. A. Henty
Through the tangled undergrowth, through the abattis, and over the breastworks they leaped with a yell.
"History of Kershaw's Brigade" by D. Augustus Dickert
The low smooth-plastered huts, with their abattis of thorn bush between, crowned the peak like a chaplet.
"African Camp Fires" by Stewart Edward White
The unfinished wall on the eastern face was raised by logs of wood, and abattis and wire entanglements were placed in front.
"Forty-one years in India" by Frederick Sleigh Roberts
This was a strong line behind a thick impenetrable abattis and held by a powerful force.
"Three Years in the Sixth Corps" by George T. Stevens
Their course lay through woods and underbrush and heavy abattis, felled by the Americans.
"The Campaign of 1776 around New York and Brooklyn" by Henry P. Johnston
It was a long abattis, and behind the abattis long, well-builded breastworks.
"The Long Roll" by Mary Johnston
On the farther slope, crowned by the works, the slashed timber made an extensive abattis.
"From Fort Henry to Corinth" by Manning Ferguson Force
Here, he threw up breastworks of logs, and his front and right flanks were covered by extended abattis.
"The Rise of Canada, from Barbarism to Wealth and Civilisation" by Charles Roger
Chains, booms, abattis, snags, palisades, or anything placed to impede an enemy's progress.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
Some got through the abattis, and went up to the breastwork, eight feet high.
"Ben Comee" by M. J. (Michael Joseph) Canavan
Colonel Smith led his men at a double-quick to the abattis, where they were stopped as the others had been, and suffered severely.
"History of Morgan's Cavalry" by Basil W. Duke
In advance of these was a double row of abattis.
"Sages and Heroes of the American Revolution" by L. Carroll Judson
Abattis, and parapet, and ditch were splintered, and torn, and leveled.
"Peggy Owen at Yorktown" by Lucy Foster Madison
The hill-men obstructed the tracks in the most difficult places by cutting down trees and making abattis.
"The Inhabitants of the Philippines" by Frederic H. Sawyer
They fringed the breastworks of native rock with abattis made of huge trunks of trees.
"The Captain of the Janizaries" by James M. Ludlow