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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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British Dictionary definitions for parapetless

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 parapetless

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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