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BULWARK

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does bulwark mean? 

BULWARK (noun)
  The noun BULWARK has 3 senses:

1. an embankment built around a space for defensive purposes
2. a fencelike structure around a deck (usually plural)
3. a protective structure of stone or concrete; extends from shore into the water to prevent a beach from washing away

  Familiarity information: BULWARK used as a noun is uncommon.


BULWARK (verb)
  The verb BULWARK has 1 sense:

1. defend with a bulwark

  Familiarity information: BULWARK used as a verb is very rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


BULWARK (noun)


Sense 1bulwark [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An embankment built around a space for defensive purposes

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

bulwark; rampart; wall

Context examples:

they stormed the ramparts of the city / they blew the trumpet and the walls came tumbling down

Hypernyms ("bulwark" is a kind of...):

embankment (a long artificial mound of stone or earth; built to hold back water or to support a road or as protection)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "bulwark"):

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)

fraise (sloping or horizontal rampart of pointed stakes)

merlon (a solid section between two crenels in a crenelated battlement)

Instance hyponyms:

Antonine Wall (a fortification 37 miles long across the narrowest part of southern Scotland (between the Firth of Forth and the Firth of Clyde); built in 140 to mark the frontier of the Roman province of Britain)

Chinese Wall; Great Wall; Great Wall of China (a fortification 1,500 miles long built across northern China in the 3rd century BC; is 1,500 miles long and averages 6 meters in width)

Holonyms ("bulwark" is a part of...):

fortification; munition (defensive structure consisting of walls or mounds built around a stronghold to strengthen it)


Sense 2bulwark [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A fencelike structure around a deck (usually plural)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Hypernyms ("bulwark" is a kind of...):

barrier (a structure or object that impedes free movement)

Holonyms ("bulwark" is a part of...):

ship (a vessel that carries passengers or freight)


Sense 3bulwark [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A protective structure of stone or concrete; extends from shore into the water to prevent a beach from washing away

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

breakwater; seawall; jetty; groyne; groin; bulwark; mole

Hypernyms ("bulwark" is a kind of...):

barrier (a structure or object that impedes free movement)


BULWARK (verb)


Sense 1bulwark [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Defend with a bulwark

Classified under:

Verbs of fighting, athletic activities

Hypernyms (to "bulwark" is one way to...):

defend (be on the defensive; act against an attack)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


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