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
As soon as he felt they should be sufficiently distant, he crept hastily up the steps and flung himself through the embrasure, to flatten himself on the floor of the brattice under a merlon.
But even as he made his way along the guardwalk, sensibly from merlon to merlon like an experienced soldier with a proper regard for his own skin, he found himself approving Philip's deployment of his bowmen and his espringales, and the practical way his garrison went about their defence.
The three of them dropped together, as men were dropping under every merlon along the wall, pressed into the angle of wall and flagged walk.
I think the interviewer is writing for people who don't know what a merlon or a vambrace are.
I can't help but it sounds like the author of that article has a few sour grapes to eat and never read a Fantasy book before, or he would not stumble over words like merlon and vambrace.
Standing behind the center merlon, Kharl began to search for the rebel wizard, with both order-senses and eyes.
Before his head was fully behind the merlon, the entire west wall of the compound shook, and fragments flew above and against the wall.
He leaned on the merlon and listened to the faint thrum of music from below, glad of the space between it and him.
'Jesu,' he groaned and, feeling utterly wretched, pressed his forehead against the cold stone of the merlon.
Gasping from his climb, Strongfist lurched to the wall, leaned against a merlon and peered through the narrow crenel.