Meaning of bulwark


Pronunciation: (bool'wurk, -wôrk, bul'-), [key]
— n.
  1. a wall of earth or other material built for defense; rampart.
  2. any protection against external danger, injury, or annoyance: The new dam was a bulwark against future floods.
  3. any person or thing giving strong support or encouragement in time of need, danger, or doubt: Religion was his bulwark.
  4. Usually,a solid wall enclosing the perimeter of a weather or main deck for the protection of persons or objects on deck.
  1. to fortify or protect with a bulwark; secure by or as if by a fortification.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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