- The definition of a bulwark is something or someone that provides defense or protection.
An example of a bulwark is a fort.
- To bulwark is defined as to provide protection or defense such as a wall.
An example of to bulwark is to provide shields and gear in a fencing match.
This English fort is an example of a bulwark.
- an earthwork or defensive wall; fortified rampart
- a person or thing serving as a strong defense or protection
- the part of a ship's side above the deck
Origin of bulwarkMiddle English bulwerk ; from Middle Dutch bolwerc: see bole and amp; work
- to provide bulwarks for
- to be a bulwark to
- A wall or embankment raised as a defensive fortification; a rampart.
- Something serving as a defense or safeguard: “We have seen the necessity of the Union, as our bulwark against foreign danger” (James Madison).
- A breakwater.
- often bulwarks The part of a ship's side that is above the upper deck.
transitive verbbul·warked, bul·wark·ing, bul·warks
- To fortify with a wall, embankment, or rampart.
- To provide defense or protection for: “the wetland that bulwarked the pond” (Edward Hoagland).
Origin of bulwarkMiddle English bulwerk, from Middle Dutch bolwerk, from Middle High German bolwerc : bole, plank; see bhel-2 in Indo-European roots + werc, work (from Old High German; see werg- in Indo-European roots).
(third-person singular simple present bulwarks, present participle bulwarking, simple past and past participle bulwarked)