American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An open space or notch between two merlons in a battlement or crenelated wall.
- n. A crenature.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The peak at the top of a helmet.
- n. Same as crenelle.
- n. In botany, a tooth of a crenate leaf; a crenature.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. See crenelle.
- n. one of a series of rounded projections (or the notches between them) formed by curves along an edge (as the edge of a leaf or piece of cloth or the margin of a shell or a shriveled red blood cell observed in a hypertonic solution etc.)
- v. supply with battlements
- n. a notch or open space between two merlons in a crenelated battlement
- From Old French crenel ( > modern French créneau), diminutive of cren ("notch"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old French; see crenelated. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“My legions were set in a convenient crenel overlooking the drawbridge and the low, swampy woods about a mile off to the west of the moat house.”
“Gerbert gave a snort of reluctant amusement and turned to look out through the crenel gap on a land lush with the melt-water and greenery of spring.”
“Gasping from his climb, Strongfist lurched to the wall, leaned against a merlon and peered through the narrow crenel.”
“When I was a little girl I used to slip away from my nurse, climb to the top of my uncle's keep and sit in the crenel spaces.”
“The two men looked through the crenel and saw a herald approaching from the Saracen lines.”
“Sabin paced along the wall walk and paused by the next crenel.”
“Later, in the new spring, the dragon soared over the rocky plains, bringing back a holly bush, a crenel from ruined Nidus, a rickety hay wagon, and finally, his first killa small centicore that he must have pondered over for about a week, for the smell was so dreadful that the druidess threatened to sprout his tail with mushrooms unless he removed the carcass.”
“Shaking himself, his self-possession recovered and his sweat dried, he lifted his knees and rolled into a crouch behind one of the merlons, peering through the crenel on its left.”
“He leaned out farther still, his hands braced on the bottom of the crenel, to reassure himself about the construction of the wall.”
“The edge of the crenel between two merlons was like a wedge driven into his back.”
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