• WordNet 3.6
    • n crenelle a notch or open space between two merlons in a crenelated battlement
    • n crenelle one of a series of rounded projections (or the notches between them) formed by curves along an edge (as the edge of a leaf or piece of cloth or the margin of a shell or a shriveled red blood cell observed in a hypertonic solution etc.)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Crenelle An embrasure or indentation in a battlement; a loophole in a fortress; an indentation; a notch. See Merlon, and Illust. of Battlement.
    • Crenelle (Bot) Same as Crenature.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n crenelle One of the open spaces of a battlemented parapet which alternate with the merlons or cops. See battlement. Also crenel.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Crenelle (archit.) an opening in a parapet for shooting through: a battlement—dim. Cren′elet
    • adjs Crenelle (her.) embattled
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. crenel, F. crneau, LL. crenellus, kernellus, dim. (prob.) fr. L. crena, notch. See Crenny
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—Low L. crena, a notch.


In literature:

Round the upper edge of the basin were what looked like crenelles, and between these the swallow had built her nest.
"The Memoirs of Victor Hugo" by Victor Hugo
Blanche, who was going up the Rue Crenelle.
"The Honor of the Name" by Emile Gaboriau
Madame de Nucingen would lap up all the mud between the Rue Saint-Lazare and the Rue de Crenelle to gain admission to my salon.
"The World's Greatest Books, Vol. I" by Various
A line, formed like the battlements on a wall or tower, is said to be embattled or crenelle.
"The Manual of Heraldry; Fifth Edition" by Anonymous
Loopholes and crenelles were protected by shutters.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 10, Slice 6" by Various