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Meaning of BULWARK

Pronunciation:  'bûlwurk

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a protective structure of stone or concrete; extends from shore into the water to prevent a beach from washing away
  2. [n]  a fence-like structure around a deck
  3. [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"
  4. [v]  defend with a bulwark

BULWARK is a 7 letter word that starts with B.


 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



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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}.
  2. \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.
Thesaurus Terms
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