The Collaborative International Dictionary
Point d'appui \Point` d'ap`pui"\ [F.] (Mil.) See under Appui.
Appui \Ap`pui"\, n. [F., fr. L. ad + podium foothold, Gr. ?, dim. of ?, ?, foot.]
A support or supporter; a stay; a prop. [Obs.]
If a vine be to climb trees that are of any great height, there would be stays and appuies set to it.
(Man.) The mutual bearing or support of the hand of the rider and the mouth of the horse through the bit and bridle. Point d'appui. [F., a point of support.] (Mil.)
A given point or body, upon which troops are formed, or by which are marched in line or column.
An advantageous defensive support, as a castle, morass, wood, declivity, etc.
any point of support or basis of operations, as a rallying point.
n. 1 (context military English) A given point or body upon which troops are formed, or by which they are marched in line or column. 2 (context military English) An advantageous defensive support; a foothold.
Usage examples of "point d'appui".
On the present occasion I was fortunate in having had that get-together with the housemaid and the cat Augustus, for it gave me what they call in France a point d'appui.