- 1A low protective wall along the edge of a roof, bridge, or balcony: she stood on the bridge, leaning over the parapet to watch the water race byMore example sentences
- And it is true that the young have always been in love with edges, walking the parapet of a bridge when the pavement is right beside it.
- You should be sure to form a parapet around the edges of the flat roof in order to contain your new upside-down roof from wind uplift.
- Three young men had a lucky escape after their car left the road, ploughed through a bridge parapet and ended up on its roof in a river.
- 1.1A protective wall or earth defence along the top of a trench or other place of concealment for troops: the sandbags that made up the parapet had been blown away and the wall of the trench had caved in • figurative Mr Scargill raised his head above the parapet to call for the repeal of ‘anti-union’ legislationMore example sentences
- The German soldiers even had a line of little Christmas trees along the parapets of their trenches.
- Harry heard the scream of an incoming shell, as he went to dive for cover, the round burst on the parapet, directly above him.
- The Saxons started to put up small conifers on the parapets of their trenches - akin to our Christmas trees.
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- The structure is capped with a low hipped-roof with a central transverse parapeted gable flanked by hipped dormers.
- The east facade has a parapeted gable with high roundel window with a group of 4 lancet windows below.
late 16th century: from French, or from Italian parapetto 'chest-high wall', from para- 'protecting' + petto 'chest' (from Latin pectus).