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Rampart definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

RAM'PART, n. [Hence we see rampart is from L. reparo; re and paro. See Parry and Repair.]
1. In fortification, an elevation or mound of earth round a place, capable of resisting cannon shot, and formed into bastions, curtains, etc.
No standards from the hostile ramparts torn.
2. That which fortifies and defends from assault; that which secures safety.
RAM'PART, v.t. To fortify with ramparts. [Not in use.]

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: 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: rampart, bulwark, wall]

Merriam Webster's

noun Etymology: Middle French, from ramparer to fortify, from re- + emparer to defend, from Old Occitan emparar, from Vulgar Latin *imparare, from Latin in- 2in- + parare to prepare more at pare Date: 1536 1. a protective barrier ; bulwark 2. a broad embankment raised as a fortification and usually surmounted by a parapet 3. a wall-like ridge (as of rock fragments, earth, or debris)

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. & v. --n. 1 a a defensive wall with a broad top and usu. a stone parapet. b a walkway on top of such a wall. 2 a defence or protection. --v.tr. fortify or protect with or as with a rampart. Etymology: F rempart, rempar f. remparer fortify f. emparer take possession of, ult. f. L ante before + parare prepare

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

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 ramparts. 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.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

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.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(ramparts) The ramparts of a castle or city are the earth walls, often with stone walls on them, that were built to protect it. ...a walk along the ramparts of the Old City. N-COUNT: usu pl

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia

ram'-part (La 2:8; Na 3:8).


Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

n. 1. Bulwark, defence, fence, security, guard, fortification. 2. Mound, elevation, embankment.

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