What does the word Glacis mean?

Usage examples for Glacis

  1. At the same time the officers' quarters were being prepared, and the barracks as well; while plans were made to strengthen the fort, dig ditch, form glacis, and generally make the place tenable against a possible enemy. – Middy and Ensign by G. Manville Fenn
  2. To defend the rampart and sweep the glacis are gathered, according to my information derived in Pretoria, twelve thousand, according to the Intelligence Branch fifteen thousand, of the best riflemen in the world armed with beautiful magazine rifles, supplied with an inexhaustible store of ammunition, and supported by fifteen or twenty excellent quick- firing guns, all artfully entrenched and concealed. – London to Ladysmith via Pretoria by Winston Spencer Churchill
  3. He fell down the glacis, and a foraging party stripped him and buried him hurriedly in a ditch near by, and there he was left till six that evening. – The Story of Rouen by Sir Theodore Andrea Cook