AskDefine | Define bulwark

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1 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" [syn: rampart, wall]
2 a fence-like structure around a deck [syn: bulwarks]
3 a protective structure of stone or concrete; extends from shore into the water to prevent a beach from washing away [syn: breakwater, groin, groyne, mole, seawall, jetty] v : defend with a bulwark

User Contributed Dictionary



bolwerk. Cognates include boulevard and baluarte.


  • /ˈbʊlwɝk/, /ˈbʊlwɔɹk/
  • /"bUlw@`k/, /"bUlwOrk/


  1. a defensive wall or rampart
  2. a defense or safeguard
  3. a breakwater
  4. 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.


a defensive wall or rampart
  • Kurdish:
    Sorani: سه‌نگه‌ر
a defense or safeguard
  • Kurdish:
    Sorani: سه‌نگه‌ر
a breakwater
  • Finnish: aallonmurtaja
(nautical) the planking or plating along the sides of a nautical vessel above her gunwale


  1. to fortify something with a wall or rampart
  2. to provide protection of defense for something

Extensive Definition

Bulwark can refer to:

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

abatis, abutment, advanced work, aegis, arc-boutant, arch dam, arm guard, backstop, balistraria, bamboo curtain, bank, banquette, bar, barbed-wire entanglement, barbican, barrage, barricade, barrier, bartizan, bastion, battlement, beam, bear-trap dam, beaver dam, boom, breakwater, breastwork, brick wall, buffer, bulkhead, bumper, buttress, buttress pier, buttressing, casemate, cheval-de-frise, circumvallation, citadel, cofferdam, contraceptive, contravallation, copyright, counterscarp, cover, crash helmet, curtain, cushion, dam, dashboard, defend, defense, demibastion, dike, ditch, dodger, drawbridge, earthwork, embankment, enclosure, entanglement, escarp, escarpment, face mask, fence, fend, fender, fieldwork, finger guard, flying buttress, foot guard, fort, fortalice, fortification, fortress, fuse, gate, glacis, goggles, governor, gravity dam, groin, guard, guardrail, hand guard, handrail, hanging buttress, hard hat, helmet, hydraulic-fill dam, insulation, interlock, iron curtain, jam, jetty, jutty, knee guard, knuckle guard, laminated glass, leaping weir, levee, life preserver, lifeline, lightning conductor, lightning rod, logjam, loophole, lunette, machicolation, mantelet, mask, merlon, milldam, moat, mole, mound, mudguard, nose guard, outwork, pad, padding, palisade, palladium, parados, parapet, patent, pier, pier buttress, pilot, portcullis, postern gate, preventive, prophylactic, protect, protective clothing, protective umbrella, rampart, ravelin, redan, redoubt, retaining wall, roadblock, rock-fill dam, safeguard, safety, safety glass, safety plug, safety rail, safety shoes, safety switch, safety valve, sally port, scarp, sconce, screen, seat belt, seawall, secure, shelter, shield, shin guard, shoulder, shutter dam, stockade, stone wall, stronghold, sun helmet, tenaille, umbrella, vallation, vallum, wall, weir, wicket dam, windscreen, windshield, work
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