bulwark

  • 1 bulwark — n Bulwark, breastwork, rampart, parapet, bastion are comparable when they denote a structure above the ground that forms part of a fortification and is specifically intended for purposes of defense. Bulwark is the most general and the least… …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 2 Bulwark — Bul wark, n. [Akin to D. bolwerk, G. bollwerk, Sw. bolwerk, Dan. bolv[ a]rk, bulv[ a]rk, rampart; akin to G. bohle plank, and werk work, defense. See {Bole} stem, and {Work}, n., and cf. {Boulevard}.] 1. (Fort.) A rampart; a fortification; a… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 Bulwark — can refer to:* An architectural term *A naval term, an extension of a ships sides above water level * Any of seven Royal Navy ships, see HMS Bulwark * Part of the town of Chepstow, Monmouthshire, Wales …

    Wikipedia

  • 4 bulwark — [bool′wərk, bul′wərk] n. [ME bulwerk < MDu bolwerc: see BOLE1 & WORK] 1. an earthwork or defensive wall; fortified rampart 2. BREAKWATER 3. a person or thing serving as a strong defense or protection 4. [ …

    English World dictionary

  • 5 Bulwark — Bul wark, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Bulwarked}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Bulwarking}.] To fortify with, or as with, a rampart or wall; to secure by fortification; to protect. [1913 Webster] Of some proud city, bulwarked round and armed With rising towers.… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 6 bulwark — I noun abutment, asylum, barricade, barrier, bastion, battlement, buffer, bulkhead, buttress, citadel, defense, embankment, fort, fortification, fortress, guard, haven, insulation, insulator, palladium, parapet, preservation, propugnaculum,… …

    Law dictionary

  • 7 bulwark — early 15c., from M.Du. bulwerke or M.H.G. bolwerc, from bole plank, tree trunk (from P.Gmc. *bul , from PIE root *bhel (2) to blow, swell; see BOLE (Cf. bole)) + werc work. Figurative sense is from 1570s …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 8 bulwark — [n] fortification, support barrier, bastion, buffet, buttress, citadel, defense, embankment, fort, fortress, guard, mainstay, outwork, parapet, partition, protection, rampart, redoubt, safeguard, security, stronghold, vallation; concepts 96,729… …

    New thesaurus

  • 9 bulwark — ► NOUN 1) a defensive wall. 2) an extension of a ship s sides above deck level. ORIGIN from Low German and Dutch bolwerk …

    English terms dictionary

  • 10 Bulwark — Mehrere Schiffe der britischen Royal Navy trugen den Namen HMS Bulwark nach dem englischen Wort für Bollwerk. Der Bau der ersten Bulwark begann 1780, wurde aber in einem frühen Stadium eingestellt. Das Schiff wurde nie fertiggestellt. Die zweite… …

    Deutsch Wikipedia

  • 11 bulwark — UK [ˈbʊlwə(r)k] / US [ˈbʊlwərk] noun Word forms bulwark : singular bulwark plural bulwarks 1) [countable] formal someone or something that protects or defends something such as a belief, idea, or way of life The country is valued as a bulwark of… …

    English dictionary

  • 12 bulwark — [[t]b ʊlwə(r)k[/t]] bulwarks N COUNT: oft N against/of n A bulwark against something protects you against it. A bulwark of something protects it. The abbeys were founded in the 12th century by King David as a bulwark against the English... The… …

    English dictionary

  • 13 bulwark — /bool weuhrk, wawrk, bul /, n. 1. a wall of earth or other material built for defense; rampart. 2. any protection against external danger, injury, or annoyance: The new dam was a bulwark against future floods. 3. any person or thing giving strong …

    Universalium

  • 14 bulwark — bul|wark [ bulwərk ] noun count 1. ) FORMAL someone or something that protects or defends something such as a belief, idea, or way of life: The country is valued as a bulwark of peace, stability, and democracy in a difficult region of the world.… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 15 bulwark — n. a bulwark against * * * [ bʊlwək] a bulwark against …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 16 bulwark — bul|wark [ˈbulwək US wərk] n [Date: 1400 1500; : Middle Dutch; Origin: bolwerc, from Middle Low German, from bole flat piece of wood + werc work ] 1.) something that protects you from an unpleasant situation bulwark against ▪ a bulwark against… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 17 bulwark — I. noun Etymology: Middle English bulwerke, from Middle Dutch bolwerc, from bolle tree trunk + werc work Date: 15th century 1. a. a solid wall like structure raised for defense ; rampart b. breakwater, seawall 2. a strong support or pro …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 18 bulwark — [15] Bulwark comes from Middle High German bolwerc ‘fortification’, a compound formed from bole ‘plank’ (the same word as English bole ‘tree trunk’) and werc, equivalent to English work. It thus originally meant ‘rampart constructed out of planks …

    The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • 19 bulwark — noun (C) 1 something that protects you from an unpleasant situation (+ against): The Soviet Union was our only bulwark against fascism. 2 bulwarks (plural) the sides of a boat or ship above the deck 1 (1) 3 a strong structure like a wall, built… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 20 bulwark — noun 1) ancient bulwarks Syn: wall, rampart, fortification, parapet, stockade, palisade, barricade, embankment, earthwork 2) a bulwark of liberty Syn: protector, defender, protection …

    Thesaurus of popular words


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