Definition of rampart
1 : a protective barrier : bulwark
2 : a broad embankment raised as a fortification and usually surmounted by a parapet
3 : a wall-like ridge (as of rock fragments, earth, or debris)
Recent Examples of rampart from the Web
Ever since, Beck has imagined himself as a sentry perched on the national ramparts, warning of looming disaster.
Mayor Ed Murray of Seattle, a Democrat, described his city in recent days as almost like a fortress under siege, scanning for attack on the ramparts.
The Mongols, Manchus and others all breached this great defense and went on to establish their dominion behind its ramparts.
Small holes sized precisely for rifle muzzles had been made in the patchwork rampart.
More than any other representative, Simpson lives by the philosophy that democratic representation is a matter of finding not advantageous positions but common ground; not of manning the ramparts but of parleying to prevent war.
BigWords would storm the ramparts of archaic college bookstores and free students from their oppression.
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RAMPART Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of rampart for English Language Learners
: a tall, thick stone or dirt wall that is built around a castle, town, etc., to protect it from attacks
RAMPART Defined for Kids
Definition of rampart for Students
: a broad bank or wall raised as a protective barrier
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