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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [ab-uh-tee, -tis, uh-bat-ee, uh-bat-is]
    • /ˈæb əˌti, -tɪs, əˈbæt i, əˈbæt ɪs/
    • /'æb.ˌə.ˌtis/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ab-uh-tee, -tis, uh-bat-ee, uh-bat-is]
    • /ˈæb əˌti, -tɪs, əˈbæt i, əˈbæt ɪs/

Definitions of abatis word

  • noun abatis a rampart of felled trees bound together placed with their branches outwards 3
  • noun abatis a barbed-wire entanglement before a position 3
  • noun abatis a barricade of felled trees, with branches pointed toward the enemy: now often reinforced with barbed wire 3
  • noun plural abatis an obstacle or barricade of trees with bent or sharpened branches directed toward an enemy. 1
  • noun plural abatis a barbed wire entanglement used as an obstacle or barricade against an enemy. 1
  • noun abatis A means of defense formed by felled trees, or sometimes by bent trees, the ends of whose branches are sharpened and directed outwards, or against the enemy, and more recently fortified with barbed wire. (Mid 19th century.). 1

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Origin of abatis

First appearance:

before 1760
One of the 46% newest English words
1760-70; < French; Old French abateis < Vulgar Latin *abatteticius, derivative of Old French abattre (see abate)

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abatis popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 82% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
According to our data about 63% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

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Synonyms for abatis

noun abatis

  • abattis — Alternative spelling of abatis.

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