- 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)
Middle High German, cognate with German Bollwerk, Danish bolværk, Dutch bolwerk. The first part is akin to bole (“trunk of a tree”). Cognates include boulevard (from French boulevard, from Dutch), Spanish baluarte and Italian baluardo.