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
- To fortify with ramparts; protect by or as if by a rampart; bolster; strengthen.
- 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an embankment built around a space for defensive purposes
[Page 158] elegant chalet, similar in construction to a Chinese pagoda: in front of it, a little piece of ground inclosed by a rampart is reserved for the pair.
The Emperor Hadrian built (A.D. 120) the rampart from the Solway to the German Ocean as a barrier against the Caledonians, giving up the more northern conquests; but Lollius Urbicus, the prætor, drove the enemy back, and built a lesser wall from the Forth to the Clyde, A.D.
The height of the rampart is 20 ft., and the width 32 ft.
Against the rampart was the spectral shape of a man, propped up on his back, limbs spread out.
The rampart is the common road for carriages of all kinds.
At the end of the rampart was a small colonnade, and at the end of that, winding stairs that led down to the Prophet's quarters.
The first, however, to approach the rampart were the consul and the troops he was bringing from the sea.
In front of the rampart was a wet ditch (A), 100 ft. wide, fed with fresh water from a neighbouring brook by an inlet at the south-western corner (C) and emptied by an outfall on the east
Beneath the rampart is a tidal river, and on the other side, for a long distance, the mossy walls of the immense garden of a seminary.
Two towers still exist, which might have been minarets, with inscriptions on them in Cufic, as I am told; also some portions of the ancient rampart, which is of prodigious size, and various fragments of the city wall.