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arrow slit

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Definition of arrow slit in English:

noun

(Especially in a medieval fortified building) a narrow vertical slit in a wall for shooting or looking through or to admit light and air: [as modifier]: we could see the old arrow-slit windows
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  • A chilly wind found its way through the arrow slit and traced tingling red dots up her arms.
  • Known as a barbican, this part of the castle would have a drawbridge, a portcullis, arrow slits, machicolations (murder holes) - any device that was thought to be useful at stopping the enemy.
  • Hairpin bends, arrow slits and openings in walls and ceilings covered all angles, making it almost impossible for an attacker to storm the bastion through the main doorway.

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