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abattis


  2  definitions  found 
 
  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]: 
 
  abattis 
  n  :  a  barrier  of  felled  or  live  trees  with  branches  (sharpened 
  or  with  barbed  wire  entwined)  toward  the  enemy  [syn:  {abatis}] 




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