• 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