Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A round hole or circle with which an opening for an arrow slit terminates.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A small opening or loophole, sometimes circular, used in mediæval fortifications.
  • n. A small circular opening, and ring of moldings surrounding it, used in window tracery in Gothic architecture.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. See oilet.

Etymologies

Derived from French œil 'eye', in turn derived from Latin oculum (accusative form of oculus). (Wiktionary)

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  • (n.) A small opening or loophole, sometimes circular, used in mediaeval fortifications. (Webster 1913)

    Possible relative of the infamous archerent?

    November 10, 2007

  • The round opening at the end of an arrow-slit (listed in OED2).

    November 8, 2007