- 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.
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Origin of parapet
OTHER WORDS FROM parapetpar·a·pet·ed, adjectivepar·a·pet·less, adjective
Words nearby parapet
Example sentences from the Web for parapet
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|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.
The old man, grizzled, tanned and seamed, leant weakly against the parapet.
They met by the parapet of the Quai, just as Père Bracasse had come to the end of his incantation.
After the first short spell of shelling our men fixed bayonets and lifted them high above the parapet.
On the bridge he paused and, gripping the parapet, made a surprise attack upon his enemy.Uncanny Tales|Various