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  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of crenellate.
  • adj. Having crenellations or battlements
  • adj. Having a series of square indentations


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  • On Sule Pagoda Road, there is a bizarre three-story building that would have made Wren wake up screaming: mullioned windows, crazily framed and blacked out, lozenge-shaped openings in crenellated towers, red battlements.


  • A portcullis is suspended above it and a pair of crenellated stone towers stand on either side.

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  • At that time Peking was still very much "an ancient city wrapped in high crenellated walls some 40 kilometres long and accessed through sixteen multi-storeyed gate towers . . . and still recognizable as the city of Kublai Khan."

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  • Spectacular Vistas and Ancient Landscapes Along the Hilly Roads Outside Edinburgh From the crenellated walls of Edinburgh Castle, perched on the dramatic volcanic plug that straddles Princes Street Gardens, one has an unbroken view of the southern peninsula of the Kingdom of Fife.

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  • Patties of ground beef hang off the crenellated edge of the plate.

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  • Beyond the arch, huge towers of gray stone rose straight up into the sky, topped by steeply pitched roofs and crenellated battlements.

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  • Kurt Wilberding/The Wall Street Journal A sheer gold and black skirt with velvety, crenellated fringe.

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  • In 1997, he set a grander course: He would build his own crenellated ch teau in the Gu delon forest in Burgundy.

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  • Three stories of crenellated architecture that gave each apartment its own tiny patio, its own square foot of yard, and a few windows.

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  • Standing on the crenellated outline of the buried ramparts, I could see why William Lindesay, one of the first to walk the length of the wall, described it as “the backbone of a dinosaur.”

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  • "I ceased for some time to see Albertine, but continued, failing Mme de Guermantes who no longer spoke to my imagination, to visit other fairies and their dwellings, as inseparable from themselves as is the pearly or enamelled valve or the crenellated turret of its shell from the mollusc that made it and shelters inside it."

    --Sodom and Gomorrah by Marcel Proust, translated by C.K. Scott Moncrieff and Terence Kilmartin, revised by D.J. Enright, p 190 of the Modern Library paperback edition

    February 18, 2009

  • see also crenellation.

    July 17, 2008

  • "A two-dimensional castle, no more indeed than a strip of orange light, from the summit of which the lord and his lady disposed of the lives and deaths of their vassals, had given place—right at the end of the "Guermantes Way" along which, on so many summer afternoons, I followed with my parents the course of the Vivonne—to that land of bubbling streams where the Duchess taught me to fish for trout and to know the names of the flowers whose red and purple clusters adorned the arches of the neighbouring gardens; then it had been the ancient heritage, the poetic domain from which the proud race of Guermantes, like a mellow crenellated tower that traverses the ages, had risen already over France, at a time when the sky was still empty at those points where later were to rise Notre-Dame of Paris and Notre-Dame of Chartres; a time when on the summit of the hill of Laon the nave of its cathedral had not yet been poised like the Ark of the Deluge on the summit of Mount Ararat, crowded with Patriarchs and Judges anxiously leaning from its windows to see whether the wrath of God has yet subsided, carrying with it specimens of the plants that will multiply on the earth, brimming over with animals which have even climbed out through the towers, between which oxen grazing calmly on the roof look down over the plains of Champagne; when the traveller who left Beauvais at the close of day did not yet see, following him and turning with his road, the black, ribbed wings of the cathedral spread out against the golden screen of the western sky."

    --The Guermantes Way by Marcel Proust, translated by C.K. Scott Moncrieff and Terence Kilmartin, Revised by D.J. Enright, pp 6-7 of the Modern Library paperback edition

    July 17, 2008

  • having or resembling repeated square indentations like those in a battlement

    June 12, 2007