Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A slender spire, especially one on a church above the intersection of the nave and transepts.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An arrow.
  • n. Any of the twenty-four points on a backgammon board.
  • n. A spire or steeple, especially of Gothic style; an object emerging from the ridge of a roof.
  • n. An earthwork consisting of two berms forming an angle with an open gorge.
  • n. A method of attack with a sword (foil or épée) in which the attacker's back leg crosses in front of the front leg in the offensive move.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A simple fieldwork, consisting of two faces forming a salient angle pointing outward and open at the gorge.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In fortification, the most simple kind of field-work, usually constructed at the foot of a glacis, consisting of two faces forming a salient angle pointing outward from the position taken.
  • n. In architecture, a spire; particularly, a slender spire rising from the intersection of the nave and transepts of a cathedral or large church.
  • n. In decorative art, an object resembling a spire, especially the representation of a spire in medieval carving or metal art-work.

Etymologies

French, arrow, flèche, from Old French, arrow, of Germanic origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old French fleche (Wiktionary)

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