Often, battlements. a parapet or cresting, originally defensive but later usually decorative, consisting of a regular alternation of merlons and crenels; crenelation.
While the ghost of default stalks the battlements, he dithers and spouts soliloquies.
To Be or Not To Be…A Loser: Boehner’s Hamlet Moment Joe McLean October 3, 2013
When they reached the summit, Yuza placed him on the battlements.
The Catholic World; Vol. IV.; October, 1866, to March, 1867. E. Rameur
The gates were closed, and not a man was to be seen on the battlements.
Stories from Thucydides H. L. Havell
He sat for hours upon the battlements watching for the first stragglers of the retreat.
Vayenne Percy Brebner
Earl Hugh’s turreted tower also rises boldly from the battlements.
England, Picturesque and Descriptive Joel Cook
Ayesha, mounted on a camel, advanced to the walls and harangued those assembled on the battlements.
Female Warriors, Vol. I (of 2) Ellen C. Clayton
To this they set fire, just as Odin flew over the battlements.
Told by the Northmen: E. M. [Ethel Mary] Wilmot-Buxton
It is a noble structure, having ten sides, and a staircase of three hundred steps to the battlements.
The Ports, Harbours, Watering-places and Picturesque Scenery of Great Britain Vol. 2 William Finden
The top rises in a cone, or pyramid of stone, encompassed by battlements.
A Journey to the Western Isles of Scotland Samuel Johnson
The besieged, meanwhile, from the battlements, hurled down missiles of every description on the heads of the assailants.
History of the Reign of Philip the Second, King of Spain. William H. Prescott
a parapet or wall with indentations or embrasures, originally for shooting through
early 14c., from Old French bataillement, earlier bastillement “fortification,” from bastillier “to fortify, to equip with battlements,” from bastille “fortress, tower” (see bastion). The raised parts are cops or merlons; the indentations are embrasures or crenelles.
a parapet wall or balustrade surrounding the flat roofs of the houses, required to be built by a special law (Deut. 22:8). In Jer. 5:10, it denotes the parapet of a city wall.
noun a painting, relief, mosaic, etc, depicting a battle, usually commemorating an actual event
a hostile encounter or engagement between opposing military forces: the battle of Waterloo. participation in such hostile encounters or engagements: wounds received in battle. a fight between two persons or animals: ordering a trial by battle to settle the dispute. any conflict or struggle: a battle for control of the Senate. Archaic. a battalion. to […]
battlewagon noun A battleship (1920s+ Navy) A police patrol wagon (1920s+ Underworld) Historical Examples He was decorated again and given the battlewagon of an ailing four-striper. The Adventurer Cyril M. Kornbluth