bulwark

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1bul·wark

noun \ˈbl-(ˌ)wərk, -ˌwrk; ˈbəl-(ˌ)wərk; sense 3 also ˈbə-ˌläk\

: something that provides protection for or against something

: a wall that is built for protection

: a wall that is part of a ship's sides and that is above the ship's upper deck

Full Definition of BULWARK

1
a :  a solid wall-like structure raised for defense :  rampart
b :  breakwater, seawall
2
:  a strong support or protection
3
:  the side of a ship above the upper deck —usually used in plural

Examples of BULWARK

  1. democratic principles that stand as a bulwark against tyranny

Origin of BULWARK

Middle English bulwerke, from Middle Dutch bolwerc, from bolle tree trunk + werc work
First Known Use: 15th century

Other Military Terms

bivouac, logistics, petard, salient, sally, supernumerary, tactical

2bulwark

verb

Definition of BULWARK

transitive verb
:  to fortify or safeguard with a bulwark

Examples of BULWARK

  1. <vowed to use any means necessary to bulwark the country agai nst a terrorist attack>

First Known Use of BULWARK

15th century

Other Military Terms

bivouac, logistics, petard, salient, sally, supernumerary, tactical

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