Definition of crenellations in English:


plural noun

  • The battlements of a castle or other building.

    • ‘The sound of the clarinet, in contrast, is depicted by a sound wave that looks like the crenellations on a castle, which leads to its more closed sound, compared to the sharp note of the violin.’
    • ‘The towers stood proudly with flags billowing out and the crenellations were perfectly spaced like it was from a picture out of a fairy tale.’
    • ‘These are strictly known as crenellations and gave defenders something solid to hide behind when they were not firing out from the gaps in between the stone battlements.’
    • ‘He nods ominously towards the granite crenellations.’
    • ‘Behind the gatehouse, around the monastic cloister, there were similar conversions, the whole façade being topped with a bombastic row of crenellations (battlements).’
    • ‘The garden was in a yard about thirty meters by sixty, surrounded by the towering curtain wall with inward-facing crenellations.’
    • ‘They looked deserted, stark against the sky with snow sitting untouched on windowsills and the crumbling crenellations.’
    • ‘It's a gargantuan iron construction that weighs several hundredweight, and incorporates all sorts of spikes and crenellations.’
    • ‘Tiered on the surrounding hills rose terracotta-roofed buildings surmounted by the beige crenellations of a castle.’
    • ‘The thirteenth-century Rocca Scaligera, with its elegant crenellations and swan-filled moat, is so photogenic that it might have been built by the local tourist board.’
    • ‘The two buildings have since been linked together and now feature a bright yellow exterior with turrets and crenellations designed by a Portuguese architect to resemble a medieval palace from his homeland.’
    • ‘You will notice the buttresses, the porch, the crenellations on the walls, and the four light mullioned windows.’
    • ‘It had crates piled against it on the inside to serve as sentry stands, and makeshift crenellations atop for better protection of the archers that stood watch.’
    castellation, parapet, rampart, balustrade, wall, bulwark, barbican, bastion
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