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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Bulwark  \Bul"wark\,  n.  [Akin  to  D.  bolwerk  G.  bollwerk  Sw 
  bolwerk  Dan.  bolv["a]rk,  bulv["a]rk,  rampart;  akin  to  G. 
  bohle  plank,  and  werk  work  defense.  See  {Bole}  stem,  and 
  {Work},  n.,  and  cf  {Boulevard}.] 
  1.  (Fort.)  A  rampart;  a  fortification;  a  bastion  or  outwork. 
 
  2.  That  which  secures  against  an  enemy,  or  defends  from 
  attack;  any  means  of  defense  or  protection. 
 
  The  royal  navy  of  England  hath  ever  been  its 
  greatest  defense,  .  .  .  the  floating  bulwark  of  our 
  island.  --Blackstone. 
 
  3.  pl  (Naut.)  The  sides  of  a  ship  above  the  upper  deck. 
 
  Syn:  See  {Rampart}. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Bulwark  \Bul"wark\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Bulwarked};  p.  pr  & 
  vb.n.  {Bulwarking}.] 
  To  fortify  with  or  as  with  a  rampart  or  wall;  to  secure  by 
  fortification;  to  protect. 
 
  Of  some  proud  city,  bulwarked  round  and  armed  With 
  rising  towers.  --Glover. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  bulwark 
  n  1:  an  embankment  built  around  a  space  for  defensive  purposes; 
  "they  stormed  the  ramparts  of  the  city";  "they  blew  the 
  trumpet  and  the  walls  came  tumbling  down"  [syn:  {rampart}, 
  {wall}] 
  2:  a  fence-like  structure  around  a  deck  [syn:  {bulwarks}] 
  3:  a  protective  structure  of  stone  or  concrete;  extends  from 
  shore  into  the  water  to  prevent  a  beach  from  washing  away 
  [syn:  {breakwater},  {groin},  {groyne},  {mole},  {seawall}, 
  {jetty}] 
  v  :  defend  with  a  bulwark 




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