- 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.
verb (used with object)
Origin of rampart
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|DAILY BEAST
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|DAILY BEAST
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|Max McGuinness|December 18, 2011|DAILY BEAST
The shivering sentinel quickens his step along the rampart, and the half-naked Indian folds his tattered blanket close around him.
He made the circuit of the rampart, pausing only when he came to the grinan of the Lady Edain.By the Barrow River|Edmund Leamy
An alternative arrangement for strengthening the wall was an arched gallery built behind it under the rampart (fig. 9).
Behind us, over the wilderness of swamp and bog-timber, rose Smith's redoubt, with the Federal flag flaunting from the rampart.Campaigns of a Non-Combatant,|George Alfred Townsend
Behind that rampart was the accustomed post at the onset of battle for the King and his body-guard.Harold, Complete|Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Word Origin 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).