meaning of breastwork

breastwork meaning in General Dictionary

a defensive work of moderate level hastily tossed up of earth or any other material

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  • fortification comprising a minimal wall surface
  • a protective work of moderate height, hastily tossed up, of earth or any other material.
  • A railing regarding the quarter-deck and forecastle.

breastwork meaning in Etymology Dictionary

"fieldwork thrown up breast-high for security," 1640s, from breast (n.) + work (n.) in "fortification" sense. Old English had breostweall in same good sense.


breastwork meaning in General Dictionary

(letter.) A defensive work of moderate height, hastily tossed up, of earth or any other material.

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  • (letter.) A railing regarding the quarter-deck and forecastle.

Sentence Examples with the word breastwork

Not only was the wall of Anthemius restored, but, at the distance of 20 yds., another wall was built in front of it, and at the same distance from this second wall a broad moat was constructed with a breastwork along its inner edge.

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