Definitions for bulwarkˈbʊl wərk, -wɔrk, ˈbʌl-

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

bul•warkˈbʊl 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.

    Category: Nautical, Navy

  5. (v.t.)to fortify or protect with a bulwark.

Origin of bulwark:

1375–1425; late ME bulwerk, prob. < MD bolwerc

Princeton's WordNet

  1. rampart, bulwark, wall(noun)

    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"

  2. bulwark(noun)

    a fencelike structure around a deck (usually plural)

  3. breakwater, groin, groyne, mole, bulwark, seawall, jetty(verb)

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

  4. bulwark(verb)

    defend with a bulwark


  1. bulwark(Noun)

    A defensive wall or rampart.

  2. bulwark(Noun)

    A defense or safeguard.

  3. bulwark(Noun)

    A breakwater.

  4. bulwark(Noun)

    The planking or plating along the sides of a nautical vessel above her gunwale that reduces the likelihood of seas washing over the gunwales and people being washed overboard.

  5. bulwark(Verb)

    To fortify something with a wall or rampart.

  6. bulwark(Verb)

    To provide protection of defense for something.

  7. Origin: cognate with German Bollwerk, Danish bolværk, Dutch bolwerk. The first part is akin to bole. Cognates include boulevard (from French boulevard, from Dutch), Spanish baluarte and Italian baluardo.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Bulwark(noun)

    a rampart; a fortification; a bastion or outwork

  2. Bulwark(noun)

    that which secures against an enemy, or defends from attack; any means of defense or protection

  3. Bulwark(noun)

    the sides of a ship above the upper deck

  4. Bulwark(verb)

    to fortify with, or as with, a rampart or wall; to secure by fortification; to protect


  1. Bulwark

    Bulwark is a fictional mutant character in the Marvel Comics Universe who first appeared as an antagonist of Generation X in Generation X #11.

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a wall built as a defence, often made of earth.

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