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bul·wark

 (bo͝ol′wərk, -wôrk′, bŭl′-)
n.
1. A wall or embankment raised as a defensive fortification; a rampart.
2. Something serving as a defense or safeguard: "We have seen the necessity of the Union, as our bulwark against foreign danger" (James Madison).
3. A breakwater.
4. often bulwarks The part of a ship's side that is above the upper deck.
tr.v. bul·warked, bul·wark·ing, bul·warks
1. To fortify with a wall, embankment, or rampart.
2. To provide defense or protection for: "the wetland that bulwarked the pond" (Edward Hoagland).

[Middle English bulwerk, from Middle Dutch bolwerk, from Middle High German bolwerc : bole, plank; see bhel- in Indo-European roots + werc, work (from Old High German; see werg- in Indo-European roots).]
Synonyms: bulwark, barricade, breastwork, earthwork, rampart, bastion, parapet
These nouns refer literally to structures used as a defense against attack. A bulwark is a strong defensive barrier, often an embankment or wall-like fortification, from which fire can be directed. A barricade is an improvised barrier meant to stop or slow an advancing threat. Breastwork denotes a low defensive wall, especially a temporary one hurriedly built. An earthwork is an embankment made of soil, and may include a trench or moat. A rampart, the main defensive structure around a guarded place, is permanent, high, and broad. A bastion is a projecting section of a fortification from which defenders have a wide range of view and fire. Parapet applies to any low fortification, typically a wall atop a rampart. Of these words bulwark, bastion, and rampart are the most frequently used to refer figuratively to something regarded as being a safeguard or a source of protection: "The only sure bulwark of continuing liberty is a government strong enough to protect the interests of the people, and a people strong enough ... to maintain its sovereign control over its government" (Franklin D. Roosevelt)."the University of Virginia, a school founded by Jefferson to be a bastion of free thought" (Garry Wills)."The sense of being a couple ... is the strongest rampart against the relentless threat of our divorce culture" (Judith S. Wallerstein).

bulwark

(ˈbʊlwək)
n
1. (Fortifications) a wall or similar structure used as a fortification; rampart
2. a person or thing acting as a defence against injury, annoyance, etc
3. (Nautical Terms) (often plural) nautical a solid vertical fencelike structure along the outward sides of a deck
4. (Navigation) a breakwater or mole
vb
(Fortifications) (tr) to defend or fortify with or as if with a bulwark
[C15: via Dutch from Middle High German bolwerk, from bol plank, bole1 + werk work]

bul•wark

(ˈbʊl wərk, -wɔrk, ˈbʌl-)
n.
1. a wall of earth or other material built for defense; rampart.
2. any protection against external danger, injury, or annoyance.
3. any person or thing giving strong support or encouragement in time of need, danger, or doubt.
4. Usu., bulwarks. (on a ship) a wall enclosing the perimeter of a weather or main deck.
v.t.
5. to fortify or protect with a bulwark.
[1375–1425; late Middle English bulwerk, probably < Middle Dutch bolwerc]

bulwark

- Comes from German bole, "plank," and werc, "work," and originally meant "rampart made out of planks or tree trunks."
See also related terms for rampart.

Bulwark

 a collection of persons acting as a defense or safeguard to protect an ideal or way of life.
Examples: bulwark of Christendom, 1577; of our laws, 1614; of our liberties, 1789; to theology, 1837.

bulwark


Past participle: bulwarked
Gerund: bulwarking

Imperative
bulwark
bulwark
Present
I bulwark
you bulwark
he/she/it bulwarks
we bulwark
you bulwark
they bulwark
Preterite
I bulwarked
you bulwarked
he/she/it bulwarked
we bulwarked
you bulwarked
they bulwarked
Present Continuous
I am bulwarking
you are bulwarking
he/she/it is bulwarking
we are bulwarking
you are bulwarking
they are bulwarking
Present Perfect
I have bulwarked
you have bulwarked
he/she/it has bulwarked
we have bulwarked
you have bulwarked
they have bulwarked
Past Continuous
I was bulwarking
you were bulwarking
he/she/it was bulwarking
we were bulwarking
you were bulwarking
they were bulwarking
Past Perfect
I had bulwarked
you had bulwarked
he/she/it had bulwarked
we had bulwarked
you had bulwarked
they had bulwarked
Future
I will bulwark
you will bulwark
he/she/it will bulwark
we will bulwark
you will bulwark
they will bulwark
Future Perfect
I will have bulwarked
you will have bulwarked
he/she/it will have bulwarked
we will have bulwarked
you will have bulwarked
they will have bulwarked
Future Continuous
I will be bulwarking
you will be bulwarking
he/she/it will be bulwarking
we will be bulwarking
you will be bulwarking
they will be bulwarking
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been bulwarking
you have been bulwarking
he/she/it has been bulwarking
we have been bulwarking
you have been bulwarking
they have been bulwarking
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been bulwarking
you will have been bulwarking
he/she/it will have been bulwarking
we will have been bulwarking
you will have been bulwarking
they will have been bulwarking
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been bulwarking
you had been bulwarking
he/she/it had been bulwarking
we had been bulwarking
you had been bulwarking
they had been bulwarking
Conditional
I would bulwark
you would bulwark
he/she/it would bulwark
we would bulwark
you would bulwark
they would bulwark
Past Conditional
I would have bulwarked
you would have bulwarked
he/she/it would have bulwarked
we would have bulwarked
you would have bulwarked
they would have bulwarked
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.bulwark - an embankment built around a space for defensive purposesbulwark - 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"
bailey - the outer defensive wall that surrounds the outer courtyard of a castle
battlement, crenelation, crenellation - a rampart built around the top of a castle with regular gaps for firing arrows or guns
earthwork - an earthen rampart
embankment - a long artificial mound of stone or earth; built to hold back water or to support a road or as protection
fortification, munition - defensive structure consisting of walls or mounds built around a stronghold to strengthen it
fraise - sloping or horizontal rampart of pointed stakes
merlon - a solid section between two crenels in a crenelated battlement
2.bulwark - a fencelike structure around a deck (usually plural)
barrier - a structure or object that impedes free movement
ship - a vessel that carries passengers or freight
3.bulwark - a protective structure of stone or concretebulwark - a protective structure of stone or concrete; extends from shore into the water to prevent a beach from washing away
barrier - a structure or object that impedes free movement
Verb1.bulwark - defend with a bulwark
defend - be on the defensive; act against an attack

bulwark

noun
1. fortification, defence, bastion, buttress, rampart, redoubt, outwork a bulwark against the English
2. defence, support, safeguard, security, guard, buffer, mainstay a bulwark of democracy
Translations
حِصْن، مِتْراس
opevněníval
skanseværn
aallonmurtaja
vörn, varnargarîur
pylimas
aizsargvalnis
val

bulwark

[ˈbʊlwək] N (Mil) (fig) → baluarte m (Naut) → borda f

bulwark

[ˈbʊlwərk] n (= protection) → rempart m

bulwark

n
(lit, fig)Bollwerk nt
(Naut) → Schanzkleid nt

bulwark

[ˈbʊlwək] n (Mil) (fig) → baluardo, bastione m (Naut) → parapetto

bulwark

(ˈbulwək) noun
a wall built as a defence, often made of earth.