What does bulwark mean?

bulwark meaning in General Dictionary

A rampart a fortification a bastion or outwork

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  • To fortify with or much like a rampart or wall to secure by fortification to guard
  • protect with a bulwark
  • an embankment built around an area for protective functions
  • a fencelike construction around a deck (usually plural)
  • a protective construction of rock or cement; extends from coast in to the liquid to avoid a beach from cleansing away
  • A rampart; a fortification; a bastion or outwork.
  • That which secures against an enemy, or defends from assault; any ways defense or defense.
  • The sides of a ship over the top deck.
  • To fortify with, or as with, a rampart or wall surface; tou000du000a secure by fortification; to protect.

bulwark meaning in Etymology Dictionary

"planking or woodwork around the uppermost components of a vessel," very early 15c., from center Dutch bulwerke or Middle tall German bolwerc, most likely from bole "plank, tree trunk" (from Proto-Germanic *bul-, from PIE root *bhel- (2) "to strike, swell;" see bole) + werc "work" (see work (letter.)). Figurative good sense "means of security or security" is from 1570s.


bulwark meaning in General Dictionary

(letter.) A rampart; a fortification; a bastion or outwork.

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  • (n.) What protects against an enemy, or defends from attack; any method of security or defense.
  • (n.) The sides of a ship above the upper deck.
  • (v. t.) To fortify with, or as with, a rampart or wall surface; to secure by fortification; to safeguard.

Sentence Examples with the word bulwark

Became for a long period the bulwark of the empire against the inroads of the Germans from the north.

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