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  4  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Rampart  \Ram"part\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Ramparted};  p.  pr  & 
  vb  n.  {Ramparting}.] 
  To  surround  or  protect  with  or  as  with  a  rampart  or 
  Those  grassy  hills,  those  glittering  dells,  Proudly 
  ramparted  with  rocks.  --Coleridge. 
  {Rampart  gun}  (Fort.),  a  cannon  or  large  gun  for  use  on  a 
  rampart  and  not  as  a  fieldpiece. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Rampart  \Ram"part\,  n.  [F.  rempart,  OF  rempar  fr  remparer  to 
  fortify,  se  remparer  to  fence  or  intrench  one's  self  re-  re- 
  pref.  +  pref.  en-  (L.  in)  +  parer  to  defend,  parry,  prepare, 
  L.  parare  to  prepape.  See  {Pare}.] 
  1.  That  which  fortifies  and  defends  from  assault;  that  which 
  secures  safety;  a  defense  or  bulwark. 
  2.  (Fort.)  A  broad  embankment  of  earth  round  a  place  upon 
  which  the  parapet  is  raised.  It  forms  the  substratum  of 
  every  permanent  fortification.  --Mahan. 
  Syn:  Bulwark;  fence;  security;  guard. 
  Usage:  {Rampart},  {Bulwark}.  These  words  were  formerly 
  interchanged;  but  in  modern  usage  a  distinction  has 
  sprung  up  between  them  The  rampart  of  a  fortified 
  place  is  the  enceinte  or  main  embankment  or  wall  which 
  surrounds  it  The  term  bulwark  is  now  applied  to 
  peculiarly  strong  outworks  which  project  for  the 
  defense  of  the  rampart,  or  main  work  A  single  bastion 
  is  a  bulwark.  In  using  these  words  figuratively, 
  rampart  is  properly  applied  to  that  which  protects  by 
  walling  out  bulwark  to  that  which  stands  in  the 
  forefront  of  danger,  to  meet  and  repel  it  Hence  we 
  speak  of  a  distinguished  individual  as  the  bulwark, 
  not  the  rampart,  of  the  state.  This  distinction, 
  however,  is  often  disregarded. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  :  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:  {bulwark}, 
  From  U.S.  Gazetteer  (1990)  [gazetteer]: 
  Rampart,  AK  (CDP,  FIPS  64820) 
  Location:  65.38363  N,  150.01120  W 
  Population  (1990):  68  (42  housing  units) 
  Area:  604.3  sq  km  (land),  21.9  sq  km  (water) 
  Zip  code(s):  99767 

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