Bul"wark (?), n. [Akin to D. bolwerk, G. bollwerk, Sw. bolwerk, Dan. bolvark, bulvark, rampart; akin to G. bohle plank, and werk work, defense. See Bole stem, and Work, n., and cf. Boulevard.]

1. Fort.

A rampart; a fortification; a bastion or outwork.


That which secures against an enemy, or defends from attack; any means of defense or protection.

The royal navy of England hath ever been its greatest defense, . . . the floating bulwark of our island. Blackstone.

3. pl. Naut.

The sides of a ship above the upper deck.

Syn. -- See Rampart.


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Bul"wark, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Bulwarked (); p. pr. & vb.n. Bulwarking.]

To fortify with, or as with, a rampart or wall; to secure by fortification; to protect.

Of some proud city, bulwarked round and armed With rising towers. Glover.


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