Definition of bulwark in English:

bulwark

Line breaks: bul|wark
Pronunciation: /ˈbʊlwək
 
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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
1.1A person or thing that acts as a defence: 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, protection, guard, defence, defender, support, supporter, prop, buttress, mainstay, bastion, safeguard, stronghold
2 (usually bulwarks) An extension of a ship’s sides above the level of the deck: the ships met, their crews lining the bulwarks
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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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