from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A fortification consisting of an embankment, often with a parapet built on top.
  • noun A means of protection or defense; a bulwark. synonym: bulwark.
  • transitive verb To fortify or surround with a rampart.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In fortification, an elevation or mound of earth round a place, capable of resisting cannon-shot, and having the parapet raised upon it; a protecting enceinte; also, this elevation together with the parapet.
  • noun Hence Something that serves as a bulwark or defense; an obstruction against approach or intrusion; a protecting inclosure.
  • noun Synonyms See fortification.
  • To fortify with ramparts; protect by or as if by a rampart; bolster; strengthen.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To surround or protect with, or as with, a rampart or ramparts.
  • transitive verb (Fort.) a cannon or large gun for use on a rampart and not as a fieldpiece.
  • noun That which fortifies and defends from assault; that which secures safety; a defense or bulwark.
  • noun (Fort.) A broad embankment of earth round a place, upon which the parapet is raised. It forms the substratum of every permanent fortification.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun 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.
  • noun A defensive structure; a protective barrier; a bulwark.
  • noun That which defends against intrusion from outside; a protection.
  • noun usually plural A steep bank of a river or gorge.
  • verb To defend with a rampart; fortify or surround with a rampart.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun an embankment built around a space for defensive purposes


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[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; see perə- in Indo-European roots).]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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").


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