embrasure

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n embrasure an opening (in a wall or ship or armored vehicle) for firing through
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Embrasure (Arch) A splay of a door or window. "Apart, in the twilight gloom of a window's embrasure ,
      Sat the lovers."
    • Embrasure (Fort) An aperture with slant sides in a wall or parapet, through which cannon are pointed and discharged; a crenelle. See Illust. of Casemate.
    • n Embrasure An embrace. "An humble amplexation of those sacred feet.""Our locked embrasures ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n embrasure In architecture, the enlargement of the aperture of a door or window on the inside of the wall, designed to give more room or admit more light, or to provide a wider range for ballistic arms.
    • n embrasure In fortification, an opening in a wall or parapet through which guns are pointed and fired; the indent or crenelle of an embattlement. When the directrix (the line which bisects the sole) is perpendicular to the interior crest of the parapet, the embrasure is termed direct; when the directrix makes an acute angle with it, the embrasure is said to be oblique. The axis of an embrasure is that part of the directrix which lies within the boundaries of the sole. See battlement.
    • n embrasure An embrace.
    • embrasure To furnish with embrasures, as a wall or fort: used chiefly in the past participle.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Embrasure (Shak.) Embracement
    • Embrasure (Shak.) =Embracement.
    • n Embrasure em-brā′zhūr a door or window with the sides slanted on the inside: an opening in a wall for cannon.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., fr. embraser, perh. equiv. to ébraser, to widen an opening; of unknown origin
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—O. Fr. embraser, to slope the sides of a window, em—L. in, braser, to skew.

Usage

In literature:

I leaned in the embrasure of the southern window, gazing at my lighted lanterns, which dangled from the halyards at Saint-Yssel.
"The Maids of Paradise" by Robert W. (Robert William) Chambers
Monaldeschi men-at-arms standing at the embrasures with crossbows kept their backs turned to Simon as he hurried past.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea
Their heads in the embrasure of the window, Herrera and the gipsy could hear every word that passed.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 59, No. 363, January, 1846" by Various
There are a great many angles, with embrasures for cannon.
"My Days and Nights on the Battle-Field" by Charles Carleton Coffin
Just then a musket ball struck the cannon in the embrasure, rolled along, and fell at the general's feet.
"From Farm House to the White House" by William M. Thayer
At her command the guard drew back a heavy drape that hid an embrasure in the far wall.
"The Copper-Clad World" by Harl Vincent
Both the doors and embrasured windows of this room merit careful study.
"The Colonial Architecture of Philadelphia" by Frank Cousins
The temperature would indeed have been unbearable but for an occasional puff of cooler air which reached us through the embrasures.
"The Last Voyage" by Lady (Annie Allnutt) Brassey
Dick stood aside in an embrasure in the wall partly occupied by a machine.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, October, 1930" by Various
He shook open the window and then shrank back into the far corner of the embrasure.
"Officer 666" by Barton W. Currie
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In poetry:

The summer clouds lay pitched like tents
In meads of heavenly azure;
And each dread gun of the elements
Slept in its hid embrasure.
"Music In Camp" by John Reuben Thompson
Him shall no sunshine from the fields of azure,
No drum-beat from the wall,
No morning gun from the black fort's embrasure,
Awaken with its call!
"The Warden Of The Cinque Ports. (Birds Of Passage. Flight The First)" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
To be guarded at all hours they built themselves watch-towers,
With every tower a man on;
And surely and secure, each from out his embrasure,
Looked down the iron cannon!
"The Legend Of St. Sophia Of Kioff" by William Makepeace Thackeray
The wave-hosts patrolling the sullen Atlantic,
With helmets of snow, and broad silvery shields,
Ran clamoring up to the seed-sown embrasures,
And fashioned new dews for the buds of the fields:
"Pro Patria: America, 1861" by Adah Isaacs Menken