from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A solid portion between two crenels in a battlement or crenelated wall.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any of the projections between the embrasures of a battlement
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One of the solid parts of a battlemented parapet; a battlement. See Illust. of battlement.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In fortification, the plain member of masonry or other material which separates two crenelles or embrasures; a cop. See battlement.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a solid section between two crenels in a crenelated battlement
French, from Italian merlone, augmentative of merlo, battlement, perhaps from Medieval Latin merulus, from Latin, merle (from their imagined similarity to blackbirds sitting on a wall).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)