from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An obstacle composed of barbed wire or spikes attached to a wooden frame, used to block enemy advancement.
- n. An obstacle made of jagged glass or spikes set into masonry on top of a wall.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A piece of timber or an iron barrel traversed with iron-pointed spikes or spears, five or six feet long, used to defend a passage, stop a breach, or impede the advance of cavalry, etc.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as chevaux-de-frise.
- n. A kind of trimming in a pattern of radiating and crossing straight, lines.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. defensive structure consisting of a movable obstacle composed of barbed wire or spikes attached to a wooden frame; used to obstruct cavalry
French, Frisian horse (from its use in Friesland to compensate for a lack of cavalry) : cheval, horse + de, of + Frise, Friesland.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)