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Meaning of RAMPART

Pronunciation:  'rampârt

WordNet Dictionary
[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"

RAMPART is a 7 letter word that starts with R.


 Synonyms: bulwark, wall
 See Also: bailey, battlement, Chinese Wall, crenelation, crenellation, earthwork, embankment, fortification, fraise, Great Wall of China, merlon, munition



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Ram"part\, n. [F. rempart, OF. rempar, fr. remparer to
    fortify, se remparer to fence or intrench one's self; re- re-
    pref. + pref. en- (L. in) + parer to defend, parry, prepare,
    L. parare to prepape. See {Pare}.]
    1. That which fortifies and defends from assault; that which
       secures safety; a defense or bulwark.
    2. (Fort.) A broad embankment of earth round a place, upon
       which the parapet is raised. It forms the substratum of
       every permanent fortification. --Mahan.
    Syn: Bulwark; fence; security; guard.
    Usage: {Rampart}, {Bulwark}. These words were formerly
           interchanged; but in modern usage a distinction has
           sprung up between them. The rampart of a fortified
           place is the enceinte or main embankment or wall which
           surrounds it. The term bulwark is now applied to
           peculiarly strong outworks which project for the
           defense of the rampart, or main work. A single bastion
           is a bulwark. In using these words figuratively,
           rampart is properly applied to that which protects by
           walling out; bulwark to that which stands in the
           forefront of danger, to meet and repel it. Hence, we
           speak of a distinguished individual as the bulwark,
           not the rampart, of the state. This distinction,
           however, is often disregarded.
  2. \Ram"part\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Ramparted}; p. pr. &
    vb. n. {Ramparting}.]
    To surround or protect with, or as with, a rampart or
          Those grassy hills, those glittering dells, Proudly
          ramparted with rocks.                    --Coleridge.
    {Rampart gun} (Fort.), a cannon or large gun for use on a
       rampart and not as a fieldpiece.