abattis

Part of speech: noun

An obstruction of felled trees.

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Usage examples "abattis":

  1. Looking up from among the abattis which girds the isle about, you are confronted by masses of overhanging rocks that threaten to detach themselves from the cliff and bury you in their ruins. - "Nooks and Corners of the New England Coast", Samuel Adams Drake.
  2. An impetuous charge was made to within twenty yards of the abattis, but it was baffled by our sturdy front. - "The Campaign of Chancellorsville", Theodore A. Dodge.
  3. Every possible military obstacle was placed in front of the lines that time permitted, abattis, military pits, wire entanglements, and small ground mines. - "The Invasion", William Le Queux.