Definitions

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  • n. A narrow opening, often cruciform, through which arrows can be fired.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A narrow opening, often cruciform, through which arrows might be discharged.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In old fortification: A loophole or aperture in the wall of a fortification, or in a wooden hoarding temporarily put up for defense, through which crossbowmen might discharge their bolts. See loophole, and compare archeria.
  • n. A room in which balisters or crossbows were kept.

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Latin (Wiktionary)

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  • Yes, because that space allows them to aim from side to side (the slit-part allowing vertical aim). Thanks bilby!

    August 20, 2008

  • "A narrow opening, often cruciform, through which arrows might be discharged. (Parker)."
    - answers.com

    Same definition in Hutchinson Encyclopaedia. I noted some other definitions that refer to the space behind the slit rather than the slit itself, ie, more of an architectural feature of the battlement, where an archer would stand, rather than simply a slit in the wall.

    August 20, 2008

  • I'm taking your word for it, bilby, and adding it to my list. Thanks!

    August 20, 2008

  • I seem to remember the Italian is something similar, from balestiere, archer.

    August 20, 2008

  • Who knew there were so many words for arrow slit? (See Chuck Norris, but note that he is not an arrow slit. Well, he could be. . . .)

    August 20, 2008