What does bulwark mean?

Definitions for bulwarkˈbʊl wərk, -wɔrk, ˈbʌl-

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word bulwark.

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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Bulwark

    bool′wark, n. a fortification or rampart: a breakwater or sea-wall: any means of defence or security.—v.t. to defend. [Cf. Ger. bollwerk.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of bulwark in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of bulwark in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Emma Goldman:

    The strongest bulwark of authority is uniformity the least divergence from it is the greatest crime.

  2. Franklin Delano Roosevelt:

    The only sure bulwark of continuing liberty is a government strong enough to protect the interests of the people, and a people strong enough and well enough informed to maintain its sovereign control over the goverment.

  3. Cherian George:

    Lee was an unshakeable bulwark against majoritarian tendencies that could have easily overwhelmed Singapore, lee went to the extent of amending the republic's Constitution to stop any party from sweeping into power without minority support.

Images & Illustrations of bulwark

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Translations for bulwark

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • حصنArabic
  • фалшборд, бастион, вълнолом, опора, редут, защитаBulgarian
  • val, hrazení, vlnolam, záštitaCzech
  • bolværkDanish
  • Bollwerk, Mole, WellenbrecherGerman
  • remparoEsperanto
  • baluarte, amuradaSpanish
  • سنگر, باروPersian
  • suojaus, suojavalli, lisälaita, suojamuuri, aallonmurtajaFinnish
  • jetée, rempart, bastingage, brise-lamesFrench
  • doirlinn-fasgaidh, mùr, bàbhanScottish Gaelic
  • bástya, védelem, hullámtörőHungarian
  • պատվար, հողապատնեշ, պաշտպանություն, ծովապատնեշ, բաստիոնArmenian
  • remparoIdo
  • bolvirki, bolverkIcelandic
  • impavesata, baluardoItalian
  • 防波堤Japanese
  • ជញ្ជាំងការពារឆ្នេរសមុទ្រ, ការការពារ, កំពែងKhmer
  • سه‌نگه‌رKurdish
  • papatū, pākaiMāori
  • насипMacedonian
  • schans, verschansing, bolwerk, golfbrekerDutch
  • bolverkNorwegian
  • falochronPolish
  • baluarte, quebra-mar, amuradaPortuguese
  • защита, насыпь, волнолом, вал, оплот, бастион, редут, опора, фальшборт, волнорез, молRussian
  • lukobran, razma, grudobran, branik, bastionSerbo-Croatian
  • branikSlovene
  • bålverkSwedish
  • хвилерізUkrainian

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