Definition of parapet in English:

parapet

noun

  • 1A low protective wall along the edge of a roof, bridge, or balcony.

    ‘she stood on the bridge, leaning over the parapet to watch the water race by’
    • ‘The steel-faced external wall extends into the house to mark the entrance, form a parapet and frame the fireplace.’
    • ‘A pair of figures knelt behind the parapet of the balcony overlooking the ballroom.’
    • ‘The attacks started when Surrey County Council's contractors began work on the bridge to replace the parapets.’
    • ‘They sat at one of the better tables up beside the parapet overlooking the courtyard.’
    • ‘When he looked again the water was as high as the peak of the parapet on the bridge, which is about 10 feet above the road.’
    • ‘The house is two storeys high, excluding a deep basement and an attic storey tucked behind the parapet which hides the hipped roof.’
    • ‘The mountain theme is incorporated throughout the facility - from its curved parapets and sculptured stone fountain to the grassy park with tree-covered walking trails.’
    • ‘And it is true that the young have always been in love with edges, walking the parapet of a bridge when the pavement is right beside it.’
    • ‘Three young men had a lucky escape after their car left the road, ploughed through a bridge parapet and ended up on its roof in a river.’
    • ‘It happened when the lorry hit a bridge parapet on the north bound carriageway, near Charnock Richard services.’
    • ‘This is running off the parapet above and is caused from defective rainwater disposal at second storey level to the external balcony.’
    • ‘You should be sure to form a parapet around the edges of the flat roof in order to contain your new upside-down roof from wind uplift.’
    • ‘Extended parapets give the building muscular, cube-like, proportions.’
    • ‘Was the evidence that the applicant ran across the road diagonally at the bridge parapet and went over?’
    • ‘The new Pavilion boasted great stucco arches and curvilinear parapets on each of its four facades and three-story towers at the corners.’
    • ‘The house I grew up in had a sort of an attached garage with a flat roof and a little parapet.’
    • ‘The parapet is a steel-plated wedge with no need for handrails, and the boardwalk is gently inclined for wheelchair users.’
    • ‘For instance, we are instructed to build a parapet / fence around any flat roof, to prevent anyone from falling.’
    • ‘A passing motorist found the car, which had hit the bridge parapet and rolled into a ditch near the river.’
    • ‘The imposing sandstone facade, steep pitched roof, decorated parapets and grand full length bay windows overlook well-kept gardens.’
    balustrade, barrier, wall, railing, fence
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    1. 1.1 A protective wall or earth defence along the top of a trench or other place of concealment for troops.
      ‘the sandbags that made up the parapet had been blown away and the wall of the trench had caved in’
      figurative ‘Mr Scargill raised his head above the parapet to call for the repeal of ‘anti-union’ legislation’
      • ‘The German soldiers even had a line of little Christmas trees along the parapets of their trenches.’
      • ‘The Saxons started to put up small conifers on the parapets of their trenches - akin to our Christmas trees.’
      • ‘If she shoves her head above the parapets to stand in the next general election, just wait for it and watch her get it in the neck.’
      • ‘I do think there is a suppressed demand for this; I think all you see is the people that are brave enough to put their head above the parapet and continue to fight for it that actually get it.’
      • ‘Mr Baggs expected his decision to stand in the election would provoke controversy, but said he is prepared to put his head above the parapet for what he believes in.’
      • ‘The barbette mounted the gun on a pivot so that it could fire over a parapet.’
      • ‘Harry heard the scream of an incoming shell, as he went to dive for cover, the round burst on the parapet, directly above him.’
      • ‘It takes a good amount of bottle for a politician to raise his or her head above the parapet and attempt a public debate on issues that touch the very core of New Zealand society.’
      • ‘Thank goodness someone in the county has the courage to stick their head above the parapet and challenge the validity of this quite outrageous system.’
      • ‘Without wanting this to turn into some sort of awards ceremony, I'm just raising my head above the parapet here to say a big thanks to Tom for the past week's writing.’
      • ‘We were putting our head above the parapet and challenging everything.’
      • ‘Sadiq dropped over the parapet and into the trench beside him.’
      • ‘With the enemy dead at his feet, Grieve climbed onto the parapet of the enemy gun position, stood upright and signalled - all clear!’
      • ‘He would not have stuck his head above the parapet without some form of political cover, never mind without a possible financial backer behind the scenes.’
      • ‘It looks as though the terrorists have put their heads above the parapets - and that plays into Scotland Yard's hands.’
      • ‘But a wee warning for those who dare stick their heads above the parapet: look out, you'll need to be very thick-skinned!’
      • ‘My first sight of a trench was of two greasy clay walls with a parapet on the top and duckboards on the bottom with men in it not looking very happy because it had been raining a lot.’
      • ‘After the World Cup debacle, a few brave men put their heads above the parapet to question whether the coach should be retained.’
      • ‘But the prime minister may well be more willing to stick his head above the parapet after E - day, providing Britons have had the chance to see the euro at work.’
      • ‘While takeover speculation has been on and off the agenda for the best part of a decade now, as yet nobody has even popped their head above the parapet.’
      barricade, rampart, bulwark, bank, embankment, fortification, defence, breastwork, earthwork, bastion
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Origin

Late 16th century: from French, or from Italian parapetto ‘chest-high wall’, from para- ‘protecting’ + petto ‘chest’ (from Latin pectus).

Pronunciation

parapet

/ˈparəpɪt/