- 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 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|Michael Daly|July 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Against this sulfurous backdrop, Democrats and Republicans alike feel compelled to man the ramparts for their core constituencies.
We would set aside all other agendas and disputes as secondary, and go to the ramparts until the threat was repelled.
Voters grabbed their pitchforks Tuesday night and came over the ramparts.
The Rev. Pat Robertson and Rush Limbaugh rushed to the ramparts immediately.
The ramparts of insecticide with which he surrounded himself availed nought.Albania|E. F. Knight
As to the warriors, they silently kept watch on the ramparts and the towers.
The episcopals might try to attack the ramparts from behind.
Three of the towers took fire, as well as the wattling of the ramparts.
In that event, their bodies would be the bucklers and ramparts of our common country; they would live, or they would die with us.
British Dictionary definitions for ramparts
Word Origin for rampart
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).