rampart

noun
ram·​part | \ ˈram-ˌpärt, -pərt\

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)

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What happens when this religious rampart of the entire system is removed? Ezra Klein, Vox, "The political tribalism of Andrew Sullivan," 11 Dec. 2018 The inner walls are wide and finely terraced, and theouter ramparts display a generally radial structure of hillocks. Miguel Claro, Space.com, "See the Moon in All Its Cratered, Groovy Glory (Photo)," 25 July 2018 While there are no superheroes or crime-fighting, several Roman gods feature in the action, and a few people plummet to their deaths from ramparts. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Ancient “comic strip” depicts the founding of a Roman city," 10 Oct. 2018 Its architecture of four minarets and nine domes tipped with crescent moons would be at home anywhere in the Islamic world, save for the large red and yellow Chinese flags fluttering from the ramparts and the wide central staircase. Sam Mcneil, Fox News, "China blames local officials for protest over mosque razing," 30 Aug. 2018 That same year, the couple also acquired York Castle, in the ramparts of Tangier. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "An Exhibition in Tangier Pays Tribute to Design World Darling Charles Sevigny," 3 Aug. 2018 Visitors can walk its ramparts and some of its secret tunnels. Maureen Orth, Town & Country, "Inside Cartagena," 11 Jan. 2013 The Monolith Garden Trail is the best of the bunch, a tangled route through dramatic boulder fields and crumbling ramparts of volcanic ash. Roger Naylor, azcentral, "10 best hikes in Arizona show off state's diverse scenery," 13 July 2018 Every Independence Day since then, the prime minister delivers a speech from its ramparts. Vidhi Doshi, Washington Post, "Corporate takeover of India’s landmark Red Fort alarms historians," 4 May 2018

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First Known Use of rampart

1536, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for rampart

Middle French, from ramparer to fortify, from re- + emparer to defend, from Old Occitan emparar, from Vulgar Latin *imparare, from Latin in- in- entry 2 + parare to prepare — more at pare

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rampart

noun

English Language Learners Definition of rampart

: a tall, thick stone or dirt wall that is built around a castle, town, etc., to protect it from attacks

rampart

noun
ram·​part | \ ˈram-ˌpärt \

Kids Definition of rampart

: a broad bank or wall raised as a protective barrier

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