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’
    • ‘Ashe came up to the ramparts of the castle often to reflect on events and occurrences, and generally to get away from everyone else.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This narrow headland was defended as a cliff castle with three stone ramparts across its neck.’
    • ‘They stood silhouetted on the ramparts of the castle.’
    • ‘And framing the curving arches and flowing ramparts and parapets was the incredibly rich wood of the giant trees.’
    • ‘From there, the eye glances to the craggy ramparts of Edinburgh Castle, perched in the distance.’
    • ‘Vestiges of the city's forum, basilica, temple, ramparts, bastions and oil mills are also well preserved.’
    • ‘But homes today don't normally feature ramparts, drawbridges, moats and six-foot thick stone walls to keep out unwanted visitors.’
    • ‘In a siege, the ramparts of the castle were often bombarded by large projectiles from catapults.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Earlier excavations revealed stone ramparts, a palisade and waterlogged remains in the ditches, including what looks like a wheel and a ladder.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In the middle of Hue, however, was a virtually impregnable fortress known as the Citadel, with towers, ramparts, moats, concrete walls, and bunkers.’
    • ‘Marion, it was said, beside herself with grief, threw herself from the ramparts of Comlongon Castle in 1570.’
    • ‘Take the track to the left of the castle ramparts, rounding small sewage works on its left.’
    • ‘Here Fort Mackinac was built on the high bluff with stone ramparts and three blockhouses that remain today in a state park.’
    • ‘Edward II's lover, Piers Gaveston, is said to haunt the ramparts of Scarborough Castle, luring unwitting victims to their death over the walls.’
    • ‘These towers, called La Guaita, La Cesta, and Il Montale, are still linked by ramparts and walls constructed from the local sandstone.’
    • ‘It nestles just off the town square of Durrow, surrounded by the old rampart of the castle 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.’
    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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Each man carried a stake and this was driven into the top of the rampart.’
      • ‘A rampart of intricate and infinitely various shapes, it gives form to the formless open sea.’
      • ‘Chevènement thinks that the borders of the nation-state can serve as a rampart against globalization.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I examine a photo of US Marines sheltering behind a rampart of sandbags.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It's, to their eyes, the last rampart against the discrimination from which they suffer in their country.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He was the only one not standing on a rampart, but was instead leaning out a window.’
      • ‘A Marine, posted with his rifle on the rampart overlooking the trench, said he reckoned 30 or 40.’
      • ‘The string of them reminded Mike of a rampart, or some other manner of fortification.’
      • ‘He said that the rampart may be re-erected despite it being in many pieces.’
      • ‘A short walk up a stairway to the top of the north rampart affords a view of the construction.’
      • ‘The Egyptian's approach to the high sand rampart demonstrated simple ingenuity on their part.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘India formed the principal rampart of the British imperial system.’
      • ‘Against the new masonry I re-erected the old rampart of bones.’

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/