Definitions for parapetˈpær ə pɪt, -ˌpɛt
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a low wall along the edge of a roof or balcony
fortification consisting of a low wall
A low retaining wall.
Part of a perimeter that extends above the roof.
A fortification consisting of a wall.
Origin: From parapet.
a low wall, especially one serving to protect the edge of a platform, roof, bridge, or the like
a wall, rampart, or elevation of earth, for covering soldiers from an enemy's fire; a breastwork. See Illust. of Casemate
Origin: [F., fr. It. parapetto, fr. parare to ward off, guard (L. parare to prepare, provide) + petto the breast, L. pectus. See Parry, and Pectoral.]
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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