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Meaning of ABATIS

Pronunciation:  'abu`tee

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  line of defense consisting of a barrier of felled or live trees with branches (sharpened or with barbed wire entwined) toward the enemy

ABATIS is a 6 letter word that starts with A.


 Synonyms: abattis
 See Also: line of defence, line of defense



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\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

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