Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun An opening in a thick wall for a door or window, especially one with sides angled so that the opening is larger on the inside of the wall than on the outside.
  • noun A flared opening for a gun in a wall or parapet.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun An embrace.
  • noun In architecture, the enlargement of the aperture of a door or window on the inside of the wall, designed to give more room or admit more light, or to provide a wider range for ballistic arms.
  • noun In fortification, an opening in a wall or parapet through which guns are pointed and fired; the indent or crenelle of an embattlement.
  • To furnish with embrasures, as a wall or fort: used chiefly in the past participle.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Arch.) A splay of a door or window.
  • noun (Fort.) An aperture with slant sides in a wall or parapet, through which cannon are pointed and discharged; a crenelle. See Illust. of Casemate.
  • noun obsolete An embrace.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun architecture, military Any of the indentations between the merlons of a battlement.
  • noun The slanting indentation in a wall for a door or window, such that the space is larger on the inside than the outside.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun an opening (in a wall or ship or armored vehicle) for firing through

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[French, from embraser, to widen an opening.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle French embrasure.

Examples

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  • Upon these, and along the walls, which in most castles were topped by a parapet and a kind of embrasure called crennels, the defenders of the castle were stationed during a siege, and from thence discharged arrows, darts, stones, and every kind of annoyance they could procure, upon their enemies.

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  • He lay back against the embrasure, his fist rolling the knotted muscles of his thigh.

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  • He lay back against the embrasure, his fist rolling the knotted muscles of his thigh.

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  • Toryn hurried over to it up for him so that some light from the window embrasure fell upon the wall.

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  • Instead he sat in a cushioned window embrasure, moonlight throwing shadows beneath his dark eyes, glints of glimmering copper into his hair.

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  • Instead he sat in a cushioned window embrasure, moonlight throwing shadows beneath his dark eyes, glints of glimmering copper into his hair.

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  • Instead he sat in a cushioned window embrasure, moonlight throwing shadows beneath his dark eyes, glints of glimmering copper into his hair.

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  • Terrence and Aaron lolled into a cushioned embrasure of a window seat, sufficiently near to each other to nudge the points of their respective contentions as

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  • He lay back against the embrasure, his fist rolling the knotted muscles of his thigh.

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