American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A gentle slope; an incline.
- n. A slope extending down from a fortification.
- n. A neutral area separating conflicting forces.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A gentle slope or sloping bank. In fort., a sloping bank so raised as to bring the enemy advancing over it into the most direct line of fire from the fort; that mass of earth which serves as a parapet to the covered way having an easy slope or declivity toward the champaign or field.
- n. An easy slope, like that of the shingle piled on the shore by the action of the tides and waves, less steep than a talus.
- n. military A gentle incline in front of a fortification.
- n. military The angled armour plate on the front of a tank; glacis plate.
- n. postal service A device for sorting mail which slides parcels across a sloped surface.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A gentle slope, or a smooth, gently sloping bank; especially (Fort.), that slope of earth which inclines from the covered way toward the exterior ground or country (see
- French, from Old French, from glacer, to slide, from glace, ice, from Vulgar Latin *glacia, from Latin glaciēs; see gel- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The glacis is the smooth ground outside the ditch.”
“Thus the ground beyond the ditch, that is, the glacis, covers the walls from the shot of a besieger, and renders it extremely difficult to reach them.”
“The purpose of the glacis, which is an inclined plane, is to expose an attacking party to the fire of the guns, which are so placed as to sweep it from the crest of the counterscarp to the edge of the beach.”
“At the base is a kind of glacis, which runs up at an angle of forty-five from the plain to within fifty, and, in some places, within twenty feet of the foot of the wall.”
“This crusts over the whole glacis of the eastern and northern parts of the piedmont giving very poor soils, usually skeletal lithosols if present at all.”
“It rises abruptly 1,000 m above an almost flat surrounding glacis.”
“Again there was no moat, just a glacis, so that they had to mount a kind of stone hill leading up to the wall.”
“The Germans labored up the glacis slowly at the most exposed places; now crawling on their bellies, now creeping on hands and knees, but, in the main, moving with erect and steady bearing.”
“The landscape is characterized by volcanic piles with precipitous slopes, and deeply incised valleys (glacis slopes).”
“The inner walls of the Crac are ringed by a smooth slope called a glacis.”
These user-created lists contain the word ‘glacis’.
More words for intermediate and advanced spellers.
A list of words that are odd or words that I have looked up.
Just some words I happen to enjoy. Some thread-worn, some not.
Words gathered while reading Pale Fire.
how many words can I make mine this summer?
Shamelessly ripped off from this site and others (to be named hereinafter). (Fair warning: for my own edification, I may add definitions/comments from the site, but you might want to just go there ...
Words I've come across while reading and looked up in the dictionary.
all kinds of scapes
Words found in vocabulary lists that I don't really know or haven't heard before. Removed when I see them in a sentence somewhere. Moved to "Words I've learned just now" if I didn't recognize it ...
Interesting words used in The Three Musketeers by Dumas.
Looking for tweets for glacis.