Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A beam or bar armed with iron spikes, and turning on a pivot, used to block up a passage.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A beam or bar armed with iron spikes, and turning on a pivot; -- used to block up a passage.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In heraldry, a hedgehog.
  • n. In fort., a beam armed with iron spikes pointing outward, and turning on a pivot like a turnstile, used to defend a passage.
  • n. A sort of wooden horse set with spikes or points, formerly used as a military punishment, the culprit being mounted upon it.
  • n. The punishment so inflicted.

Etymologies

French hérisson, hedgehog. (Wiktionary)

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