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- a defensive wall or rampart
- a defense or safeguard
- a breakwater
- (nautical) the planking or plating along the sides of a ship above her upper deck that prevents seas washing over the gunwales, and people from being washed overboard
- to fortify something with a wall or rampart
- to provide protection of defense for something
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia
Bul"wark (&?;), n. [Akin to D.
bolwerk, G. bollwerk, Sw. bolwerk, Dan.
bolvärk, bulvärk, 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.
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
Of some proud city, bulwarked round and armed
With rising towers.
- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
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