abatis

Part of speech: noun

An obstruction of felled trees.

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Usage examples "abatis":

  1. The little wooded knoll of Mougnot, which forms a sort of bridge- head to the narrow gorge through which the road passes, had been fortified by the pioneers with abatis, battery emplacements and rifle- pits, the town in its rear prepared for defence, and the base of the heights on either of its sides faced with artillery. - "The Franco-German War of 1870-71", Count Helmuth, von Moltke.
  2. They took post behind an abatis at a place called La Belle Famille, and the Five Nation warriors placed themselves on their flanks. - "Historic Handbook of the Northern Tour", Francis Parkman.
  3. Just in front of the abatis there was open ground for perhaps two hundred yards. - "Famous Adventures And Prison Escapes of the Civil War", Various.