• (British) IPA: /ˈbʊl.wək/
  • (America) enPR bo͝ol'wərk, IPA: /ˈbʊl.wɝk/, /ˈbʊl.wɔɹk/

bulwark (plural bulwarks)

  1. A defensive wall or rampart.
  2. A defense or safeguard.
    • The royal navy of England hath ever been its greatest defence, […] the floating bulwark of our island.
  3. A breakwater.
  4. (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.
  5. (figurative) Any means of defence or security.
Translations Translations Translations Verb

bulwark (bulwarks, present participle bulwarking; past and past participle bulwarked)

  1. (transitive) To fortify something with a wall or rampart.
  2. (transitive) To provide protection of defense for something.

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