Definition of Machicolation

1. Noun. A projecting parapet supported by corbels on a medieval castle; has openings through which stones or boiling water could be dropped on an enemy.

Generic synonyms: Breastwork, Parapet
Derivative terms: Machicolate



Definition of Machicolation

1. n. An opening between the corbels which support a projecting parapet, or in the floor of a gallery or the roof of a portal, for shooting or dropping missiles upon assailants attacking the base of the walls. Also, the construction of such defenses, in general, when of this character. See Illusts. of Battlement and Castle.

Definition of Machicolation

1. Noun. An opening between the corbels which support a projecting parapet, or in the floor of a gallery or the roof of a portal, shooting or dropping missiles upon assailants attacking the base of the walls. Also, the construction of such defenses, in general, when of this character. ¹

2. Noun. The act of discharging missiles or pouring burning or melted substances upon assailants through such apertures. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Machicolation

1. [n -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Machicolation

macheers
macher
machers
maches
machete
macheted
machetelike
machetes
macheting
machiavelian
machiavellianism
machicolate
machicolated
machicolates
machicolating
machicolation (current term)
machicolations
machicotage
machicote
machicotes
machilid
machilids
machinabilities
machinability
machinable
machinal
machinate
machinated
machinates
machinating

Literary usage of Machicolation

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1. The Deserts of Southern France: An Introduction to the Limestone and Chalk by Sabine Baring-Gould (1894)
"... —The Feudal Castle after the Crusades — The machicolation of the Thirteenth Century — Embrasures for Firearms in the Fifteenth Century—Modification of ..."

2. The English Illustrated Magazine (1901)
"A machicolation protects the first portcullis and the first barred wooden gate ; in the arch is a second machicolation, and then a third before the second ..."

3. The Encyclopedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature and by Hugh Chisholm (1910)
"On to the passage way between the first and second doors opened a square machicolation (G) from which the defenders in the upper chambers of the gate could ..."

4. A Dictionary of Architecture and Building, Biographical, Historical, and by Russell Sturgis (1901)
"RS machicolation. A projecting series of corbels often surmounting the walls of later ... machicolation : A SIMPLE FORM; I:! ..."

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