a defensive wall or elevation, as of earth or stone, in a fortification.
an elevation raised above the main wall or rampart of a permanent fortification.
any low protective wall or barrier at the edge of a balcony, roof, bridge, or the like.
- par·a·pet·ed, adjective
- par·a·pet·less, adjective
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How to use parapet in a sentence
I would be living in the Scottish Highlands and manning the parapets of my ancient castle.
The head of this family, atop his roof with the rest, poked his head gingerly above the parapet, fearing the worst.Michael Ware on Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, Accused of Killing Afghan Civilians | Michael Ware | March 20, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
Then a German soldier popped up from behind a parapet and fired.
He had seen through a powerful naval glass some figures standing erect and silhouetted against the sky on the parapet.Gallipoli Diary, Volume I | Ian Hamilton
The old man, grizzled, tanned and seamed, leant weakly against the parapet.The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol | William J. Locke
They met by the parapet of the Quai, just as Père Bracasse had come to the end of his incantation.The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol | William J. Locke
After the first short spell of shelling our men fixed bayonets and lifted them high above the parapet.Gallipoli Diary, Volume I | Ian Hamilton
On the bridge he paused and, gripping the parapet, made a surprise attack upon his enemy.Uncanny Tales | Various
British Dictionary definitions for parapet
a low wall or railing along the edge of a balcony, roof, etc
Also called: breastwork a rampart, mound of sandbags, bank, etc, in front of a trench, giving protection from fire from the front
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