- 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.
Origin of parapet
1575–85; < Italian parapetto, equivalent to para- para-2 + petto chest, breast < Latin pectus
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Examples 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
March 20, 2012
Then a German soldier popped up from behind a parapet and fired.My Father, The Inglourious Basterd
August 9, 2009
Let us sit down on the parapet and try to realise the scene.Camps, Quarters and Casual Places
He swung himself on—near—near—nearer—a yard from the parapet.Night and Morning, Complete
"This is where Gordon used to stand," the Sirdar stopped us near the parapet.It Happened in Egypt
C. N. Williamson
Spires of this period are not very common, and usually spring from within the parapet.English Villages
P. H. Ditchfield
My first vision over the parapet revealed but a mottled grey.City of Endless Night
- 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
C16: from Italian parapetto, literally: chest-high wall, from para- ² + petto, from Latin pectus breast
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Word Origin and History for parapet
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