merlon

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n merlon a solid section between two crenels in a crenelated battlement
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Merlon (Fort) One of the solid parts of a battlemented parapet; a battlement. See Illust. of Battlement.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n merlon In fortification, the plain member of masonry or other material which separates two crenelles or embrasures; a cop. See battlement.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Merlon mėr′lon (fort.) the part of a wall with battlements which lies between two openings.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., perh. fr. L. moerus, for murus, a wall, through (assumed) dim. moerulus,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr., prob. through Low L. forms from L. murus, a wall.

Usage

In literature:

Then unfolding the letter, he read it, leaning against one of the merlons of the wall.
"Love-at-Arms" by Raphael Sabatini
The stones were falling from their places, the corners of the merlons were wearing away.
"The Dead Command" by Vicente Blasco Ibáñez
Simon pulled on one end of the rope, and it snaked around the merlon and came rippling down to him.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea
The merlons were faced with palmetto logs.
"Graham's Magazine, Vol. XXXII No. 4, April 1848" by Various
The multitude crowded upon them until many had to catch hold of the merlons to keep from falling.
"Sónnica" by Vicente Blasco Ibáñez
The merlons of the Guelf battlements were square, those of the Ghibelline swallow-tailed.
"A Short History of Italy" by Henry Dwight Sedgwick
It may be seen in illustrated manuscripts in the form of simple circular openings in the merlons.
"British Castles" by Charles H. Ashdown
The walls are of brick, and the guns are protected by thick merlons of sand-bags.
"The Civil War in America" by William Howard Russell
She had ascended one of the small flights of steps at the angle of the battlements, which served to raise the sentinel above the merlons.
"The Siege of Norwich Castle" by Matilda Maria Blake
The cord tightened, and the four men had soon hoisted the brother up to the merlons.
"Annals of a Fortress" by E. Viollet-le-Duc
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In news:

Merlone Geier seeks permit for " intimidating " fence.
San Antonio Shopping Center developer Merlone Geier has not given up on its controversial efforts to put up a fence that several businesses and a property owners say is a way to force a land sale.
Merlon William Tesch, 80 of Hartley passed away on Monday, June 11, 2007, at home.
Funeral services for Mr Merlon Tesch, 80, of Hartley, will take place at 10:30 am, Friday, June 15, 2007, at St Paul's Lutheran Church of Hartley.
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