breastwork

noun

breast·​work ˈbrest-ˌwərk How to pronounce breastwork (audio)
: a temporary fortification

Examples of breastwork in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The blunt yet rounded breastworks lead the way to a decent Cd of 0.34. Larry Griffin, Car and Driver, 27 May 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1633, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of breastwork was in 1633

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“Breastwork.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/breastwork. Accessed 21 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

breastwork

noun
breast·​work ˈbrest-ˌwərk How to pronounce breastwork (audio)
: a wall thrown together to serve as a defense in battle

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