Arrow-Slit

   A narrow vertical slit cut in a castle wall allowing archers in the castle to shoot at attacking troops outside the castle. The inside of the slit was tapered to give the archer a large field of fire while remaining protected. This tapered chamber is called an Embrasure. Also called an Arrow Loop. See Loophole.

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  • Arrow-slit — The narrow opening in a castle wall, a window, through which archers could shoot but still have substantial cover. The inside of the opening was often tapered to allow the archer a larger field of fire …   Medieval glossary

  • arrow-slit — …   Useful english dictionary

  • Slit — Arrow slit. Narrow opening in a wall for discharge of arrows and admittance of light. See also Arrow loop. ♦ Narrow window for defence, deeply splayed wthin, to get maximum light. (Wood, Margaret. The English Medieval House, 414) …   Medieval glossary

  • Arrow Loop —    A narrow vertical slit cut in a castle wall allowing archers in the castle to shoot at attacking troops outside the castle. The inside of the slit was tapered to give the archer a large field of fire while remaining protected. This tapered… …   The writer's dictionary of science fiction, fantasy, horror and mythology

  • arrow — noun 1 weapon ADJECTIVE ▪ poison, poisoned … OF ARROWS ▪ hail, volley ▪ A hail of arrows descended from the tower. VERB + ARROW …   Collocations dictionary

  • Arrow Loop — Narrow vertical slit cut into a wall through which arrows could be fired from inside, shielding the archer. Later, some arrow loops were modified to suit small cannon, usually by being widened at the bottom. This resulted in a key hole shape. See …   Medieval glossary

  • slit — {{Roman}}I.{{/Roman}} noun Slit is used before these nouns: ↑trench Slit is used after these nouns: ↑arrow {{Roman}}II.{{/Roman}} verb Slit is used with these nouns as the object: ↑throat, ↑wrist …   Collocations dictionary

  • Swiss arrow — A Swiss arrow (also known as a Dutch arrow, Yorkshire arrow or Gypsy arrow) is a weapon similar to an arrow but thrown rather than shot from a bow (so as to make it a dart), with the addition of a small notch close to the fletching. Contents 1… …   Wikipedia

  • Embrasure — For the area of the mouth, see Embrasure (dentistry). Inverted keyhole embrasure, allowing both arrow fire (through the arrow slit at the top) and small cannon fire through the circular opening, Château de Caen, France …   Wikipedia

  • Calcot Manor — Calcot Manor, Gloucestershire, England (National Grid Reference ST 841180 94891) was established in approximately 1300 AD by Henry of Kingswood as a tithe barn annex of Kingswood Abbey. The estate, situated about three kilometres west of Tetbury… …   Wikipedia

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