- 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 ramparts
The 18th Street Gang was named after the locus of its birth in the Ramparts section.The Deported L.A. Gangs Behind This Border Kid Crisis
July 11, 2014
Against this sulfurous backdrop, Democrats and Republicans alike feel compelled to man the ramparts for their core constituencies.America’s Long-Simmering, Semi-Civil Civil War
October 2, 2013
We would set aside all other agendas and disputes as secondary, and go to the ramparts until the threat was repelled.Who Won CPAC?
February 12, 2011
Voters grabbed their pitchforks Tuesday night and came over the ramparts.The Revolution Has Arrived
September 14, 2010
The Rev. Pat Robertson and Rush Limbaugh rushed to the ramparts immediately.Rush and Robertson: Shameless Haiti Wingnuts
January 15, 2010
He despatched him with orders to the different posts guarding the ramparts.The Fortune of the Rougons
It reminded her of a small lane outside the ramparts of Plassans.L'Assommoir
It was easy walking, for a little path ran all outside the ramparts.Where Angels Fear to Tread
E. M. Forster
If ghules, argents and ramparts are extra, I am prepared to pay.The Island Mystery
George A. Birmingham
So off Gilian would go with his book under his arm to the Ramparts.Gilian The Dreamer
- 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 ramparts
"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).