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breast·work

 (brĕst′wûrk′)
n.
A temporary, quickly constructed fortification, usually breast-high. See Synonyms at bulwark.

breastwork

(ˈbrɛstˌwɜːk)
n
(Fortifications) fortifications a temporary defensive work, usually breast-high. Also called: parapet

breast•work

(ˈbrɛstˌwɜrk)

n.
a hastily erected field fortification.
[1635–45]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.breastwork - fortification consisting of a low wallbreastwork - fortification consisting of a low wall
fortification, munition - defensive structure consisting of walls or mounds built around a stronghold to strengthen it
machicolation - a projecting parapet supported by corbels on a medieval castle; has openings through which stones or boiling water could be dropped on an enemy
Translations

breastwork

[ˈbrestwɜːk] Nparapeto m
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She sat herself upon a revolving stool before a counter that was comparatively deserted, trying to gather strength and courage to charge through an eager multitude that was besieging breastworks of shirting and figured lawn.
At the same moment the battle line of Helium surged over the opposite breastworks of the Zodangans and in another moment they were being crushed as between two millstones.
As it would be necessary to remain some time in this neighborhood, that both men and horses might repose, and recruit their strength; and as it was a region full of danger, Captain Bonneville proceeded to fortify his camp with breastworks of logs and pickets.
and you can take my word for it, if the battalion hasn't too much of a start we catch up and go over the breastworks with the front line.
They tore down the breastworks from the walls, and overthrew the battlements; they upheaved the buttresses, which the Achaeans had set in front of the wall in order to support it; when they had pulled these down they made sure of breaking through the wall, but the Danaans still showed no sign of giving ground; they still fenced the battlements with their shields of ox-hide, and hurled their missiles down upon the foe as soon as any came below the wall.
They passed within view of a stolid white house, and saw in front of it groups of their com- rades lying in wait behind a neat breastwork.
Captain Hollister availed himself of this circumstance to scramble ever the breastwork and obtain a footing in the bastion—for such was the nature of the fortress, as connected with the cave.
I drew my little troop in among those trees, and placing ourselves in a line behind one long tree, I advised them all to alight, and keeping that tree before us for a breastwork, to stand in a triangle, or three fronts, enclosing our horses in the centre.
And when our fathers were toiling at the breastwork on Bunker's Hill, all through that night the old warrior walked his rounds.
The boats and canoes were immediately hauled up, a breastwork was made of them and the packages, forming three sides of a square, with the river in the rear, and thus the party remained fortified throughout the night.
Between it and the city was no semblance of breastwork or other protection against rifle or cannon fire; yet distinctly now in the light of the rising sun Carthoris could see many figures moving along the summit of the high wall, and upon the roof tops beyond.
The sides of the ship rose three feet above the upper deck, forming an excellent breastwork, which we loopholed at intervals that we might lie prone and fire upon an enemy.