cheval-de-frise

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n cheval-de-frise defensive structure consisting of a movable obstacle composed of barbed wire or spikes attached to a wooden frame; used to obstruct cavalry
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Cheval-de-frise (Mil) A piece of timber or an iron barrel traversed with iron-pointed spikes or spears, five or six feet long, used to defend a passage, stop a breach, or impede the advance of cavalry, etc. "Obstructions of chain, boom, and cheval-de-frise ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n cheval-de-frise Same as chevaux-de-frise.
    • n cheval-de-frise A kind of trimming in a pattern of radiating and crossing straight, lines.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Cheval-de-frise she-val′-de-frēz a piece of timber armed with spikes, used to defend a passage or to stop cavalry
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F.; cheval, horse + Frise, Friesland, where it was first used
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—cheval, horse; Frise, Friesland.

Usage

In literature:

But between the hunters and their fallen quarry reared a cheval de frise of flame and fallen timber impossible to cross.
"The Bell-Ringer of Angel's and Other Stories" by Bret Harte
The cheval-de-frise was destroyed for fifty yards.
"History of Kershaw's Brigade" by D. Augustus Dickert
A high wall inclosed it, and on the top of this wall ran a miniature cheval-de-frise of iron.
"The Grey Cloak" by Harold MacGrath
There is a low wall there, and a cheval-de-frise on the top of it.
"With Frederick the Great" by G. A. Henty
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