Definitions for: Bulwark

[n] a protective structure of stone or concrete; extends from shore into the water to prevent a beach from washing away
[n] a fence-like structure around a deck
[n] an embankment built around a space for defensive purposes; "they stormed the ramparts of the city"; "they blew the trumpet and the walls came tumbling down"
[v] defend with a bulwark

Webster (1913) Definition: Bul"wark, n. [Akin to D. bolwerk, G. bollwerk, Sw.
bolwerk, Dan. bolv["a]rk, bulv["a]rk, rampart; akin to G.
bohle plank, and werk work, defense. See Bole stem, and
Work, n., and cf. Boulevard.]
1. (Fort.) A rampart; a fortification; a bastion or outwork.

2. That which secures against an enemy, or defends from
attack; any means of defense or protection.

The royal navy of England hath ever been its
greatest defense, . . . the floating bulwark of our
island. --Blackstone.

3. pl. (Naut.) The sides of a ship above the upper deck.

Syn: See Rampart.

Bul"wark, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Bulwarked; p. pr. &
vb.n. Bulwarking.]
To fortify with, or as with, a rampart or wall; to secure by
fortification; to protect.

Of some proud city, bulwarked round and armed With
rising towers. --Glover.

Synonyms: breakwater, bulwarks, groin, groyne, jetty, mole, rampart, seawall, wall

See Also: bailey, barrier, battlement, Chinese Wall, crenelation, crenellation, defend, earthwork, embankment, fortification, fraise, Great Wall of China, merlon, munition, ship

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