embrasure (plural embrasures)

  1. (architecture, military) Any of the indentations between the merlons of a battlement.
  2. The slanting indentation in a wall for a door or window, such that the space is larger on the inside than the outside.
    • 2009, Hilary Mantel, Wolf Hall, Fourth Estate 2010, p. 155:
      Now he stands in a window embrasure, Liz's prayer book in hand.
  3. (obsolete) An embrace.
    • 1601, William Shakespeare, Troilus and Cressida, Act IV, Scene 4,
      And suddenly; where injury of chance / Puts back leave-taking, justles roughly by / All time of pause, rudely beguiles our lips / Of all rejoindure, forcibly prevents / Our lock'd embrasures, strangles our dear vows / Even in the birth of our own labouring breath:

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