- a broad elevation or mound of earth raised as a fortification around a place and usually capped with a stone or earth parapet.
- such an elevation together with the parapet.
- anything serving as a bulwark or defense.
- to furnish with or as if with a rampart.
Origin of rampart
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Examples from the Web for rampart
The department has not changed since the Rampart and Rodney King days.Rogue L.A. Cop’s Facebook Manifesto: ‘You Will Now Live the Life of Prey’
The Daily Beast
February 8, 2013
And, Denzel Washington and Woody Harrelson as corrupt characters in, respectively, Safe House and Rampart.Flick Picks: Denzel Washington as a Baddie, Rachel McAdams in ‘The Vow’
Ramin Setoodeh, Peter Travers
February 10, 2012
In Rampart, Woody Harrelson plays a corrupt, violent LAPD officer.
Editor's Note: An earlier version of this story misstated the official release date of Rampart.
I first discovered Hitchens from the other side of the rampart.Christopher Hitchens: A Young Contrarian Salutes Him
December 18, 2011
We went, and walked in silence to and fro along the rampart of the fortress.A Hero of Our Time
M. Y. Lermontov
Until he, Ercwlf, Descended into the fosse of the rampart, And was covered with sand.Y Gododin
It was certain death for any Indian to step from behind his rampart.King Philip
John S. C. (John Stevens Cabot) Abbott
A pallid sun, low, gleaming just over a rampart of mountain-tops.The Hound From The North
Others shot their horses and built a rampart of their bodies.Henry IV, Makers of History
John S. C. Abbott
- the surrounding embankment of a fort, often including any walls, parapets, walks, etc, that are built on the bank
- anything resembling a rampart in form or function, esp in being a defence or bulwark
- Canadian a steep rock wall in a river gorge
- (tr) to provide with a rampart; fortify
Word Origin and History for rampart
"earthen elevation around a place for fortification," sometimes also including parapets, 1580s, from Middle French rempart, rampart, from remparer "to fortify," from re- "again" (see re-) + emparer "fortify, take possession of," from Old Provençal amparer, from Vulgar Latin *anteparare "prepare," properly "to make preparations beforehand," from Latin ante- "before" (see ante) + parare "prepare" (see pare). With excrescent -t in French, perhaps by influence of boulevart (see boulevard).