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Saturday, July 04, 2009

Definitions for rampart

  1. A fortification consisting of an embankment, often with a parapet built on top.
  2. A means of protection or defense; a bulwark.
  3. To defend with a rampart.

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Citations for rampart
To stand upon ramparts and die for our principles is heroic, but to sally forth to battle and win for our principles is something more than heroic. Franklin D. Roosevelt,
Not a drum was heard, not a funeral note,
As his corpse to the rampart we hurried.
Charles Wolfe, The Burial of Sir John Moore
Origin of rampart
Rampart derives from Middle French remparer, equivalent to re + emparer "to take the possesion of."