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rampart

[ram-pahrt, -pert] /ˈræm pɑrt, -pərt/
noun
1.
Fortification.
  1. a broad elevation or mound of earth raised as a fortification around a place and usually capped with a stone or earth parapet.
  2. such an elevation together with the parapet.
2.
anything serving as a bulwark or defense.
verb (used with object)
3.
to furnish with or as if with a rampart.
Origin
1575-1585
1575-85; < Middle French, derivative of remparer, equivalent to re- re- + emparer to take possession of < Provençal ampararLatin ante- ante- + parāre to prepare
Synonyms
2. fortification, breastwork, barricade, guard.
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Examples for ramparts
  • But outside the ramparts are scenes of everyday peasant life.
  • There are two restaurants, including one waterside, and an infinity pool created from one of the ramparts.
  • His treatment was touchingly intelligible before running into trouble at the ramparts and the perilous fight.
  • He did not imagine totalitarian evil from the safe ramparts of democracy.
  • The fog was sweeping over the ramparts of the bridge, devouring the headlamps of cars.
  • Strategic points on the border were fortified with trenches and ramparts.
  • The city had been surrounded by brick ramparts, with a monumental gate and several square towers.
  • Put a seal upon your mouth, and guard your heart with the same vigilance as the ramparts of a city.
  • Happy those sacred ramparts, thrice happy the dwellers on that all-seeing eminence.
  • Within its trademark pink ramparts, casinos and nightclubs coexist with snake charmers and belly dancers.
British Dictionary definitions for ramparts

rampart

/ˈræmpɑːt/
noun
1.
the surrounding embankment of a fort, often including any walls, parapets, walks, etc, that are built on the bank
2.
anything resembling a rampart in form or function, esp in being a defence or bulwark
3.
(Canadian) a steep rock wall in a river gorge
verb
4.
(transitive) to provide with a rampart; fortify
Word Origin
C16: from Old French, from remparer, from re- + emparer to take possession of, from Old Provençal antparar, from Latin ante before + parāre to prepare
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Word Origin and History for ramparts

rampart

n.

"earthen elevation around a place for fortification," sometimes also including parapets, 1580s, from Middle French rempart, rampart, from remparer "to fortify," from re- "again" (see re-) + emparer "fortify, take possession of," from Old Provençal amparer, from Vulgar Latin *anteparare "prepare," properly "to make preparations beforehand," from Latin ante- "before" (see ante) + parare "prepare" (see pare). With excrescent -t in French, perhaps by influence of boulevart (see boulevard).

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