Definition of abatis in English:
noun (plural abatises)historical
A defence made of felled trees placed lengthwise over each other with the boughs pointing outwards.
- Union soldiers completed digging a series of ditches that zigzagged forward and reached the abatis.
- There were still labourers out there, struggling to manoeuvre an abatis into position.
- It was a combination of towers, palisades, ditches, abatis, and caltrops to slow the attacking Gauls.
What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?
Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.
Most popular in the US
Most popular in the UK
Most popular in Canada
Most popular in Australia