Definition of rampart in English:

rampart

noun

usually ramparts
  • 1A defensive wall of a castle or walled city, having a broad top with a walkway and typically a stone parapet.

    ‘a castle with ramparts and a moat’
    • ‘This narrow headland was defended as a cliff castle with three stone ramparts across its neck.’
    • ‘With the tributes of war and taxes, he erected tall and strong turrets at every corner of his city and strengthened the ramparts of Abeluma.’
    • ‘Marion, it was said, beside herself with grief, threw herself from the ramparts of Comlongon Castle in 1570.’
    • ‘Here Fort Mackinac was built on the high bluff with stone ramparts and three blockhouses that remain today in a state park.’
    • ‘The majority of the hillforts of Southern France are defended by walls or ramparts and ditches encircling hilltops which overlook important commercial or military routes.’
    • ‘Edward II's lover, Piers Gaveston, is said to haunt the ramparts of Scarborough Castle, luring unwitting victims to their death over the walls.’
    • ‘Its great stone ramparts had a probable total circuit of a third of a mile and were surrounded by a 14-acre estate which included six orchards.’
    • ‘But homes today don't normally feature ramparts, drawbridges, moats and six-foot thick stone walls to keep out unwanted visitors.’
    • ‘Take the track to the left of the castle ramparts, rounding small sewage works on its left.’
    • ‘It nestles just off the town square of Durrow, surrounded by the old rampart of the castle walls.’
    • ‘In a siege, the ramparts of the castle were often bombarded by large projectiles from catapults.’
    • ‘Earlier excavations revealed stone ramparts, a palisade and waterlogged remains in the ditches, including what looks like a wheel and a ladder.’
    • ‘They stood silhouetted on the ramparts of the castle.’
    • ‘From there, the eye glances to the craggy ramparts of Edinburgh Castle, perched in the distance.’
    • ‘And framing the curving arches and flowing ramparts and parapets was the incredibly rich wood of the giant trees.’
    • ‘Vestiges of the city's forum, basilica, temple, ramparts, bastions and oil mills are also well preserved.’
    • ‘In the middle of Hue, however, was a virtually impregnable fortress known as the Citadel, with towers, ramparts, moats, concrete walls, and bunkers.’
    • ‘Walk From the north end of the High Street, go left to the bay below the ramparts of the ruined castle, the site of which has been a stronghold since Roman times.’
    • ‘Ashe came up to the ramparts of the castle often to reflect on events and occurrences, and generally to get away from everyone else.’
    • ‘These towers, called La Guaita, La Cesta, and Il Montale, are still linked by ramparts and walls constructed from the local sandstone.’
    defensive wall, embankment, earthwork, parapet, breastwork, battlement, stockade, palisade, bulwark, bastion, barbican, outwork, fortification
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    1. 1.1 A defensive or protective barrier.
      ‘the open Pacific broke on the far-off ramparts of the reef’
      • ‘The Egyptian's approach to the high sand rampart demonstrated simple ingenuity on their part.’
      • ‘India formed the principal rampart of the British imperial system.’
      • ‘Most commoners tried to get as close to the protective ramparts as possible, building houses that clung to the steep sides of the Yantra gorges like molluscs on a rock.’
      • ‘Chevènement thinks that the borders of the nation-state can serve as a rampart against globalization.’
      • ‘Surrounded by a concrete rampart and a barbed wire fence, the settlers' caravans are parked between the wreckage of quarters used by Egyptian officers before the territory's capture in 1967.’
      • ‘For A $160, the five crew would take them for three dives on the ribbon reefs, a stack of broad shoals that run along the seaward ramparts of the Barrier Reef, 40 miles offshore.’
      • ‘A Marine, posted with his rifle on the rampart overlooking the trench, said he reckoned 30 or 40.’
      • ‘I can bare it no longer and self consciously shed my clothing and inch my way painfully across the rocks that form a natural rampart at the shoreline.’
      • ‘It's, to their eyes, the last rampart against the discrimination from which they suffer in their country.’
      • ‘A short walk up a stairway to the top of the north rampart affords a view of the construction.’
      • ‘A rampart of intricate and infinitely various shapes, it gives form to the formless open sea.’
      • ‘Against the new masonry I re-erected the old rampart of bones.’
      • ‘I examine a photo of US Marines sheltering behind a rampart of sandbags.’
      • ‘The string of them reminded Mike of a rampart, or some other manner of fortification.’
      • ‘Each man carried a stake and this was driven into the top of the rampart.’
      • ‘He said that the rampart may be re-erected despite it being in many pieces.’
      • ‘He was the only one not standing on a rampart, but was instead leaning out a window.’
      • ‘Throwing the excavated soil behind it doubles the height of the obstacle the attacker has to cross, while at the same time providing a rampart for the protection of the defenders.’
      • ‘The 40-acre monument at Sutton Bank, near Thirsk, is thought to have been surrounded by a 1.3 mile-long rampart, topped with a walkway, and to date back to about 400BC.’
      • ‘From the rampart below my window a bird was singing its respects to the morning sun.’

verb

[with object]
  • Fortify or surround with or as if with a rampart.

    ‘the town's streets were ramparted with tall mounds of rubble’
    build defences round, strengthen with defensive works, secure, protect, surround
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Origin

Late 16th century: from French rempart, from remparer ‘fortify, take possession of again’, based on Latin ante ‘before’ + parare ‘prepare’.

Pronunciation

rampart

/ˈrampɑːt/