ramp art

rampart

[ram-pahrt, -pert]
noun
1.
Fortification.
a.
a broad elevation or mound of earth raised as a fortification around a place and usually capped with a stone or earth parapet. See diag. under bastion.
b.
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:
1575–85; < Middle French, derivative of remparer, equivalent to re- re- + emparer to take possession of < Provençal ampararLatin ante- ante- + parāre to prepare


2. fortification, breastwork, barricade, guard.
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rampart (ˈræmpɑːt)
 
n
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
 
vb
4.  (tr) to provide with a rampart; fortify
 
[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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rampart
1583, from M.Fr. rempart, from remparer "to fortify," from re- "again" + emparer "fortify, take possession of," from O.Prov. amparer, from V.L. *anteparare "prepare," prop. "to make preparations beforehand," from L. ante- "before" (see ante) + parare "prepare" (see pare).
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