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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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 Costa Brava, Spain Explore the ramparts of a medieval castle... The Editors Of Gq, GQ, "8 European Beach Vacations That’ll Make Your Instagram Friends Jealous," 28 June 2018 Before 911 diehards take to the ramparts, there are a few points worth noting from our time with the E-Hybrid sedan. Marco Della Cava, USA TODAY, "Porsche's latest Panamera offers a tantalizing peek at the coming Taycan electric sedan," 8 June 2018 Over time, spatter can build up, welding to form walls or barriers of rock known as spatter ramparts. Maya Wei-haas, Smithsonian, "A Brief Glossary of Volcano Vocab," 25 May 2018 The pavilion’s reflective exterior mirrored the ancient building’s pale brick walls and even the famed storks nesting in the ramparts. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "In Marrakech, Van Cleef & Arpels Celebrate 50 Years of Its Iconic Alhambra Design," 25 May 2018 With Santa Anna's troops topping the rampart, Joe sought refuge in a building within the compound, firing several times as the attacking horde swarmed past. Robert Kolarik, San Antonio Express-News, "Alamo falls at dawn," 5 Mar. 2018 The magnificent palaces, towers, bastions, ramparts and gateways symbolize the power of the mighty Mughals. Antonia Neubauer, Town & Country, "How to Plan a Trip to Asia," 5 Oct. 2016

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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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The first known use of rampart was in 1536

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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


ram·part | \ ˈram-ˌpärt \

Kids Definition of rampart

: a broad bank or wall raised as a protective barrier

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