Rampart meaning

rămpärt, -pərt
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The definition of a rampart is a defensive or protective barrier, especially a protective wall around a castle or city made of stone with a broad top that serves as a walkway.

An example of a rampart is a big stone wall around a palace where the king lives that has a flat top so the guards can walk along the top of in order to watch what is going on below.

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A means of protection or defense; a bulwark.
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To fortify or surround with a rampart.
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An embankment of earth, usually surmounted by a parapet, encircling a castle, fort, etc., for defense against attack.
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A fortification consisting of an embankment, often with a parapet built on top.
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Any defense or bulwark.
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To protect as with a rampart.
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A defensive mound of earth or a wall with a broad top and usually a stone parapet; a wall-like ridge of earth, stones or debris; an embankment for defensive purpose.
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A defensive structure; a protective barrier; a bulwark.
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That which defends against intrusion from outside; a protection.
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To defend with a rampart; fortify or surround with a rampart.
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(usually in the plural) A steep bank of a river or gorge.
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Origin of rampart

  • French rempart from Old French from remparer to fortify re- re- emparer to fortify, take possession of (from Old Provençal amparar) (from Vulgar Latin ante parāre to prepare) (Latin ante- ante-) (Latin parāre to prepare perə-1 in Indo-European roots)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French rempart (“a rampart of a fort"), from remparer (“to defend, fortify, inclose with a rampart"), from re- (“again") + emparer (“to defend, fortify, surround, seize, take possesion of"), from en- + parer (“to defend").

    From Wiktionary