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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Abatis  \Ab"a*tis\,  Abattis  \Aba"t*tis\,  ([a^]b"[.a]*t[i^]s; 
  French  [.a]`b[.a]`t[=e]")  n.  [F.  abatis,  abattis,  mass  of 
  things  beaten  or  cut  down  fr  abattre  See  {Abate}.]  (Fort.) 
  A  means  of  defense  formed  by  felled  trees,  the  ends  of  whose 
  branches  are  sharpened  and  directed  outwards,  or  against  the 
  enemy. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  abatis 
  n  :  a  barrier  of  felled  or  live  trees  with  branches  (sharpened 
  or  with  barbed  wire  entwined)  toward  the  enemy  [syn:  {abattis}] 
 
  From  THE  DEVIL'S  DICTIONARY  ((C)1911  Released  April  15  1993)  [devils]: 
 
  ABATIS,  n.  Rubbish  in  front  of  a  fort,  to  prevent  the  rubbish  outside 
  from  molesting  the  rubbish  inside. 
 
 




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