from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An indented or zigzaged line of intrenchment.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In field-fortification, the inside line of the parapet, so traced as to resemble the teeth of a saw, in order to afford the advantage of bringing a heavier fire to bear upon the defile than if only a simple face were opposed to it.


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  • In the midst of a frame of light wood sits the operator, steadying himself with one hand, and with the other fuming a cremaillere, which appears to give a very quick rotatory movement to two glass globes revolving upon

    Wonderful Balloon Ascents

  • This was a cremaillere infantry breastwork of strong profile, with heavy enclosed redoubts at distances of 700 and 800 yards, having defensive relations to each other.

    Memoirs of the War of Secession

  • About a month later, toward the middle of March, she had so far regained her equanimity as to allow herself, after a steady resistance, to be persuaded by a friend to attend her house-warming ball -- "pendre la cremaillere," as they call it in Paris.

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