Definition of parapet in English:



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

    • ‘The new Pavilion boasted great stucco arches and curvilinear parapets on each of its four facades and three-story towers at the corners.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Was the evidence that the applicant ran across the road diagonally at the bridge parapet and went over?’
    • ‘The imposing sandstone facade, steep pitched roof, decorated parapets and grand full length bay windows overlook well-kept gardens.’
    • ‘The house I grew up in had a sort of an attached garage with a flat roof and a little parapet.’
    • ‘Extended parapets give the building muscular, cube-like, proportions.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A passing motorist found the car, which had hit the bridge parapet and rolled into a ditch near the river.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The steel-faced external wall extends into the house to mark the entrance, form a parapet and frame the fireplace.’
    • ‘They sat at one of the better tables up beside the parapet overlooking the courtyard.’
    • ‘This is running off the parapet above and is caused from defective rainwater disposal at second storey level to the external balcony.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The parapet is a steel-plated wedge with no need for handrails, and the boardwalk is gently inclined for wheelchair users.’
    • ‘The house is two storeys high, excluding a deep basement and an attic storey tucked behind the parapet which hides the hipped roof.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘For instance, we are instructed to build a parapet / fence around any flat roof, to prevent anyone from falling.’
    • ‘The attacks started when Surrey County Council's contractors began work on the bridge to replace the parapets.’
    • ‘A pair of figures knelt behind the parapet of the balcony overlooking the ballroom.’
    balustrade, barrier, wall, railing, fence
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    1. 1.1A protective wall or earth defense along the top of a trench or other place of concealment for troops.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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 Saxons started to put up small conifers on the parapets of their trenches - akin to our Christmas trees.’
      • ‘The German soldiers even had a line of little Christmas trees along the parapets of their trenches.’
      • ‘After the World Cup debacle, a few brave men put their heads above the parapet to question whether the coach should be retained.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘We were putting our head above the parapet and challenging everything.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘With the enemy dead at his feet, Grieve climbed onto the parapet of the enemy gun position, stood upright and signalled - all clear!’
      • ‘It looks as though the terrorists have put their heads above the parapets - and that plays into Scotland Yard's hands.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Sadiq dropped over the parapet and into the trench beside him.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The barbette mounted the gun on a pivot so that it could fire over a parapet.’
      • ‘But a wee warning for those who dare stick their heads above the parapet: look out, you'll need to be very thick-skinned!’
      barricade, rampart, bulwark, bank, embankment, fortification, defence, breastwork, earthwork, bastion
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Late 16th century: from French, or from Italian parapetto breast-high wall from para- protecting + petto breast (from Latin pectus).