plural ab·a·tis [ab-uh-teez, uh-bat-eez], /ˈæb əˌtiz, əˈbæt iz/, ab·a·tis·es [ab-uh-tis-iz, uh-bat-uh-siz]. /ˈæb əˌtɪs ɪz, əˈbæt ə sɪz/.
- an obstacle or barricade of trees with bent or sharpened branches directed toward an enemy.
- a barbed wire entanglement used as an obstacle or barricade against an enemy.
- Just in front of the abatis there was open ground for perhaps two hundred yards.
- One man in the trench was killed by this shot, and the others ran back to the abatis.
- The axemen rushed across the open and soon the thuds of their axes told of the cutting away of the abatis.
- Note the abatis to the right of the picture, the wagons moving and ready to move in the background, and the artillery on the left.
- Abatis, beswept by those ten Brummers and other Batteries, till bullet and bayonet can act on it, speedily gives way.