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bulwark

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

Definition of bulwark

1 a :a solid wall-like structure raised for defense :rampart
b :breakwater, seawall
  • building a bulwark in the harbor
2 :a strong support or protection
  • democratic principles that stand as a bulwark against tyranny
  • a bulwark of freedom
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

Definition of bulwark

transitive verb
: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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BULWARK Defined for English Language Learners

bulwark

noun

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

noun bul·wark \ ˈbu̇l-wərk \

Definition of bulwark for Students

1 :a solid structure like a wall built for defense against an enemy
2 :something that defends or protects


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