Bulwark



a wall of earth or other material built for defense; rampart.
any protection against external danger, injury, or annoyance:
The new dam was a bulwark against future floods.
any person or thing giving strong support or encouragement in time of need, danger, or doubt:
Religion was his bulwark.
Usually, bulwarks. Nautical. a solid wall enclosing the perimeter of a weather or main deck for the protection of persons or objects on deck.
to fortify or protect with a bulwark; secure by or as if by a fortification.
Contemporary Examples

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Historical Examples

Education and the Higher Life J. L. Spalding
The White Company Arthur Conan Doyle
Dictionary of Quotations from Ancient and Modern, English and Foreign Sources James Wood
Ned Myers James Fenimore Cooper
The Expositor’s Bible: The Psalms, Vol. 2 Alexander Maclaren

noun
a wall or similar structure used as a fortification; rampart
a person or thing acting as a defence against injury, annoyance, etc
(often pl) (nautical) a solid vertical fencelike structure along the outward sides of a deck
a breakwater or mole
verb
(transitive) to defend or fortify with or as if with a bulwark
n.

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