abatis (n.) "defense made of felled trees," 1766, from Fr. abatis, lit. "things thrown down," from O.Fr. abateis, from abattre "to beat down, throw down" (see ABATE (Cf. abate)).

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  • Abatis — Abatis, abattis, or abbattis (a French word meaning a heap of material thrown) is a term in field fortification for an obstacle formed of the branches of trees laid in a row, with the tops directed towards the enemy. The trees are usually… …   Wikipedia

  • ABATIS — in Distichis Magistri Cornuti seu Iohannis de Garlandia, Sunt Anaphos, Piscina, Batos, Abatis, Cocus, Orcham. Ubi Gloss. A Bato dictum Abatis, est mensura, quâ mensuratur proebenda avenoe, quoe datur equis in abatta, vel aliis ad huius officium… …   Hofmann J. Lexicon universale

  • Abatis — Ab a*tis, Abattis Aba t*tis, ([a^]b [.a]*t[i^]s; French [.a] b[.a] t[=e] ) n. [F. abatis, abattis, mass of things beaten or cut down, fr. abattre. See {Abate}.] (Fort.) A means of defense formed by felled trees, the ends of whose branches are… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • abatis — or abattis [ab′ə tis, ab′ətē΄] n. pl. abatis or abattis [ab′ətis, ab′ətēz΄] [Fr < OFr abateïs < abattre: see ABATE] a barricade of felled trees, with branches pointed toward the enemy: now often reinforced with barbed wire …   English World dictionary

  • Abatis — (fr., spr. Abati), so v.w. Verhau …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Abatis — abatis, abattis nm arbres coupés; clairière où ils se trouvent; syn : chapplée, tronchée …   Glossaire des noms topographiques en France

  • abatis — s. m. Entrincheiramento feito com árvores derrubadas voltadas para o inimigo, para lhe impedir o assalto. • Plural: abatises …   Dicionário da Língua Portuguesa

  • abatis — abattis [ abati ] n. m. • XIIe; de abattre 1 ♦ Amas de bois abattu. Milit. Obstacle artificiel formé d arbres abattus, de branchages. (1674) Région. (Canada) Abattis ou …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • ABATIS — s. m. Quantité, amas de choses abattues, brisées, démolies, telles que bois, arbres, pierres, maisons. Les ennemis embarrassèrent les chemins par de grands abatis d arbres. Abatis de siége. Abatis défensifs. Cette rue est bouchée par un abatis de …   Dictionnaire de l'Academie Francaise, 7eme edition (1835)

  • Abatis — Abatises usados para mantener al enemigo bajo fuego la mayor cantidad de tiempo posible. Abatis improvisados por tropa …   Wikipedia Español

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