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bulwark

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noun bul·wark \ˈbu̇l-(ˌ)wərk, -ˌwȯrk; ˈbəl-(ˌ)wərk; sense 3 also ˈbə-ˌläk\

Definition of bulwark

  1. 1a :  a solid wall-like structure raised for defense :  rampartb :  breakwater, seawall building a bulwark in the harbor

  2. 2 :  a strong support or protection democratic principles that stand as a bulwark against tyranny a bulwark of freedom

  3. 3 nautical :  the side of a ship above the upper deck —usually used in plural

Examples of bulwark in a Sentence

  1. democratic principles that stand as a bulwark against tyranny

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Origin and Etymology of bulwark

Middle English bulwerke, from Middle Dutch bolwerc, from bolle tree trunk + werc work


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bulwark

verb bul·wark

Definition of bulwark

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to fortify or safeguard with a bulwark ability to bulwark a moral choice — Margaret Mead

Examples of bulwark in a Sentence

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

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Origin and Etymology of bulwark

see 1bulwark


BULWARK Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of bulwark for English Language Learners

  • : 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


BULWARK Defined for Kids

bulwark

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noun bul·wark \ˈbu̇l-wərk\

Definition of bulwark for Students

  1. 1 :  a solid structure like a wall built for defense against an enemy

  2. 2 :  something that defends or protects



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