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rampart

RAM'PART, n. [Hence we see rampart is from L. reparo; re and paro. See Parry and Repair.]

1. In fortification, an elevation or mound of earth round a place, capable of resisting cannon shot, and formed into bastions, curtains, &c.

No standards from the hostile ramparts torn.

2. That which fortifies and defends from assault; that which secures safety.

RAM'PART, v.t. To fortify with ramparts. [Not in use.]




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RAM'PART, n. [Hence we see rampart is from L. reparo; re and paro. See Parry and Repair.]

1. In fortification, an elevation or mound of earth round a place, capable of resisting cannon shot, and formed into bastions, curtains, &c.

No standards from the hostile ramparts torn.

2. That which fortifies and defends from assault; that which secures safety.

RAM'PART, v.t. To fortify with ramparts. [Not in use.]


RAM'PART, n. [Fr. rempart; Arm. ramparz, ramparzi; Fr. se remparer, to fence or intrench one's self; It. riparamento, from riparare, to repair, to defend, to stop; Port. reparo; reparar, to repair, to parry in defense. Hence we see rampart is from L. reparo; re and paro. See Parry and Repair.]

  1. In fortification, an elevation or mound of earth round a place, capable of resisting cannon shot, and formed into bastions, curtains, &c. – Encyc. No standards from the hostile ramparts torn. Prior.
  2. That which fortifies and defends from assault; that which secures safety.

RAM'PART, v.t.

To fortify with ramparts. [Not in use.] – Shak.


Ram"part
  1. That which fortifies and defends from assault; that which secures safety; a defense or bulwark.
  2. To surround or protect with, or as with, a rampart or ramparts.

    Those grassy hills, those glittering dells,
    Proudly ramparted with rocks.
    Coleridge.

    Rampart gun (Fort.), a cannon or large gun for use on a rampart and not as a fieldpiece.

  3. A broad embankment of earth round a place, upon which the parapet is raised. It forms the substratum of every permanent fortification.

    Mahan.

    Syn. -- Bulwark; fence; security; guard. -- Rampart, Bulwark. These words were formerly interchanged; but in modern usage a distinction has sprung up between them. The rampart of a fortified place is the enceinte or entire main embankment or wall which surrounds it. The term bulwark is now applied to peculiarly strong outworks which project for the defense of the rampart, or main work. A single bastion is a bulwark. In using these words figuratively, rampart is properly applied to that which protects by walling out; bulwark to that which stands in the forefront of danger, to meet and repel it. Hence, we speak of a distinguished individual as the bulwark, not the rampart, of the state. This distinction, however, is often disregarded.

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Rampart

RAM'PART, noun [Hence we see rampart is from Latin reparo; re and paro. See Parry and Repair.]

1. In fortification, an elevation or mound of earth round a place, capable of resisting cannon shot, and formed into bastions, curtains, etc.

No standards from the hostile ramparts torn.

2. That which fortifies and defends from assault; that which secures safety.

RAM'PART, verb transitive To fortify with ramparts. [Not in use.]

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