bulwark (plural bulwarks)
- A defensive wall or rampart.
- A defense or safeguard.
- The royal navy of England hath ever been its greatest defence, […] the floating bulwark of our island.
- A breakwater.
- (nautical) The planking or plating along the sides of a nautical vessel above her gunwale that reduces the likelihood of seas washing over the gunwales and people being washed overboard.
- 1851 November 13, Herman Melville, chapter 3, in Moby-Dick; or, The Whale, 1st American edition, New York, N.Y.: Harper & Brothers; London: Richard Bentley, OCLC 57395299 ↗:
- Entering that gable-ended Spouter-Inn, you found yourself in a wide, low, straggling entry with old-fashioned wainscots, reminding one of the bulwarks of some condemned old craft.
- (figurative) Any means of defence or security.
- French: bastingage
- German: Schanzkleid
- Italian: impavesata
- Portuguese: amurada
- Russian: фальшбо́рт
- Spanish: amurada
bulwark (bulwarks, present participle bulwarking; past and past participle bulwarked)
- (transitive) To fortify something with a wall or rampart.
- (transitive) To provide protection of defense for something.