A means of defense formed by felled trees the ends of whose branches are sharpened and directed outwards or against the opponent
- a line of defense comprising a barrier of felled or live woods with branches (sharpened or with barbed wire entwined) pointed toward the enemy
- Alt. of Abattis
"defense made of felled woods," 1766, from French abatis, virtually "things tossed down," from Old French abateis, from abattre "to beat straight down, put down" (see abate).
(letter.) Alt. of Abattis
A steep slope, vineyards, low stone walls and abatis had all to be surmounted, under a galling fire from the Bavarian musketeers, before the Army of France found itself, breathless and in disorder, in front of the actual entrenchments of the crest.