One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
verb[WITH OBJECT]usually as adjective crenellated
Provide (a wall of a building) with battlements.‘the abbey of Quarr had been licensed to crenellate its buildings’‘a crenellated parapet’
- ‘The glass structure that enclosed them had a crenellated top suggestive of historic armories.’
- ‘The tomb itself is almost like a miniature fortress, with sloping crenellated outer walls, complete with eyelets for archery.’
- ‘It also required raising the limestone crenellated parapet that runs along the roof battlement.’
- ‘To the left of this tower are the walls that surround the basilica itself, as solid and crenellated as a castle keep.’
- ‘The geometry of the rooflights gives the building a crenellated profile so it looms over its surroundings like a brooding castle battlement.’
Early 19th century: from French créneler, from Old French crenel (see crenel).
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