from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A fortification consisting of an embankment, often with a parapet built on top.
- n. A means of protection or defense; a bulwark. See Synonyms at bulwark.
- transitive v. To defend with a rampart.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A defensive mound of earth or a wall with a broad top and usually a stone parapet; a wall-like ridge of earth, stones or debris; an embankment for defensive purpose.
- n. A defensive structure; a protective barrier; a bulwark.
- n. That which defends against intrusion from outside; a protection.
- n. A steep bank of a river or gorge.
- v. To defend with a rampart; fortify or surround with a rampart.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. That which fortifies and defends from assault; that which secures safety; a defense or bulwark.
- n. A broad embankment of earth round a place, upon which the parapet is raised. It forms the substratum of every permanent fortification.
- transitive v. To surround or protect with, or as with, a rampart or ramparts.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In fortification, an elevation or mound of earth round a place, capable of resisting cannon-shot, and having the parapet raised upon it; a protecting enceinte; also, this elevation together with the parapet.
- n. Hence Something that serves as a bulwark or defense; an obstruction against approach or intrusion; a protecting inclosure.
- n. Synonyms See fortification.
- To fortify with ramparts; protect by or as if by a rampart; bolster; strengthen.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an embankment built around a space for defensive purposes
French rempart, from Old French, from remparer, to fortify : re-, re- + emparer, to fortify, take possession of (from Old Provençal amparar, from Vulgar Latin *ante parāre, to prepare : Latin ante-, ante- + Latin parāre, to prepare; see perə-1 in Indo-European roots).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French rempart ("a rampart of a fort"), from remparer ("to defend, fortify, inclose with a rampart"), from re- ("again") + emparer ("to defend, fortify, surround, seize, take possesion of"), from en- + parer ("to defend"). (Wiktionary)