Definitions for parapetˈpær ə pɪt, -ˌpɛt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

par•a•petˈpær ə pɪt, -ˌpɛt(n.)

  1. a wall or elevation in a fortification, esp. one at the outer edge of a rampart.

    Category: Fortification

  2. any low protective wall or barrier at the edge of a balcony, roof, bridge, or the like.

    Category: Architecture

Origin of parapet:

1575–85; < It parapetto=para-para -2+petto chest, breast < L pectus

Princeton's WordNet

  1. parapet(noun)

    a low wall along the edge of a roof or balcony

  2. parapet, breastwork(noun)

    fortification consisting of a low wall


  1. parapet(Noun)

    A low retaining wall.

  2. parapet(Noun)

    Part of a perimeter that extends above the roof.

  3. parapet(Noun)

    A fortification consisting of a wall.

  4. Origin: From parapet.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Parapet(noun)

    a low wall, especially one serving to protect the edge of a platform, roof, bridge, or the like

  2. Parapet(noun)

    a wall, rampart, or elevation of earth, for covering soldiers from an enemy's fire; a breastwork. See Illust. of Casemate


  1. Parapet

    A parapet is a barrier which is an extension of the wall at the edge of a roof, terrace, balcony, or other structure. Where extending above a roof, it may simply be the portion of an exterior wall that continues above the line of the roof surface, or may be a continuation of a vertical feature beneath the roof such as a fire wall or party wall. Parapets were originally used to defend buildings from military attack, but today they are primarily used as guard rails and to prevent the spread of fires.

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a low wall along the edge of a bridge, balcony etc.

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