Definition of bulwark in English:

bulwark

Syllabification: bul·wark
Pronunciation: /ˈbo͝olˌwərk
 
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noun

  • 1A defensive wall.
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    • After landing virtually unopposed, the Fifth Corps moved toward the San Juan Heights, the principal bulwark in the first of three defensive lines around the city.
    • Trenches and low walls of earth braced with wooden beams zig-zagged their way across the fields to where Gulf troops laboured at raising bulwarks against rifle fire.
    • Even in wartime, the Israelite army was forbidden to cut down fruit trees, unless they were actually being used as bulwarks in defending against a siege.
    Synonyms
    wall, rampart, fortification, parapet, stockade, palisade, barricade, embankment, earthwork
  • 1.1A person, institution, or principle that acts as a defense: the security forces are a bulwark against the breakdown of society
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    • And a bold, well-communicated agenda provides a bulwark against politicians offering division rather than solutions.
    • Mainland authorities are banking on consumer spending to provide a bulwark against weaker capital investment and to broaden the economy's base of growth.
    • Israel calls it a bulwark against suicide bombers spearheading a Palestinian revolt, which is more than 5-years-old.
    Synonyms
    protector, defender, protection, guard, defense, supporter, buttress; mainstay, bastion, stronghold
  • 2 (usually bulwarks) An extension of a ship’s sides above the level of the deck.
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    • I met with some disaster, lost part of my bulwarks and main top gallant mast but by the blessing of God I was preserved and brought here in safety on the 17th of October…
    • There are substantial bulwarks around the side and forward decks for secure footing, and a large foredeck locker, with the anchors stowed on the bowsprit.
    • Next, fin along the bulwarks on the starboard side, down to deeper water.

Origin

late Middle English: from Middle Low German and Middle Dutch bolwerk; related to bole1 and work.

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