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parapet

[par-uh-pit, -pet] /ˈpær ə pɪt, -ˌpɛt/
noun
1.
Fortification.
  1. a defensive wall or elevation, as of earth or stone, in a fortification.
  2. an elevation raised above the main wall or rampart of a permanent fortification.
2.
any low protective wall or barrier at the edge of a balcony, roof, bridge, or the like.
Origin
1575-1585
1575-85; < Italian parapetto, equivalent to para- para-2 + petto chest, breast < Latin pectus
Related forms
parapeted, adjective
parapetless, adjective
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Examples for parapet
  • And so skiers will call a snowboard a parapet.
  • His name is on the casino's parapet, the two marquees and slot machines.
  • In Cardiff this week a professor of sociology at last put his head over the parapet to reclaim his discipline's place in the sun.
  • As soon as the blocks of stones on the parapet were spent, he turned to this latter heap.
  • Some of them in their motley costumes ran along the parapet like fiends.
  • There was a little parapet behind which I found space to lie down.
  • The parapet he refers to is the top dotted line of the upper figure.
  • Ten brilliantly enameled panels now adorn the observation-deck parapet.
  • It was necessary, therefore, to cover our men by something more than the ordinary parapet.
  • Its parapet and ditch are each twenty feet in width.
British Dictionary definitions for parapet

parapet

/ˈpærəpɪt; -ˌpɛt/
noun
1.
a low wall or railing along the edge of a balcony, roof, etc
2.
Also called breastwork. a rampart, mound of sandbags, bank, etc, in front of a trench, giving protection from fire from the front
Word Origin
C16: from Italian parapetto, literally: chest-high wall, from para-² + petto, from Latin pectus breast
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Word Origin and History for parapet
n.

1580s, from Middle French parapet "breastwork" (16c.), or directly from Italian parapetto, from para- "defense" (see para- (2)) + petto "breast," from Latin pectus (see pectoral (adj.)).

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