Bulwark

Definition of Bulwark

Bul´wark
n.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.(Naut.) The sides of a ship above the upper deck, usually a fencelike structure around the deck.
v. t.1.To fortify with, or as with, a rampart or wall; to secure by fortification; to protect.
[imp. & p. p. Bulwarked ( ); p. pr. & vb. n. Bulwarking.]
Of some proud city, bulwarked round and armed
With rising towers.
- Glover.

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