Middle High German, cognate with German Bollwerk, Danish bolværk, Dutch bolwerk. The first part is akin to bole (“trunk of a tree”). Cognates include boulevard (from French boulevard, from Dutch), Spanish baluarte and Italian baluardo.
- enPR: bo͝ol'wərk, bo͝ol'wôrk, IPA: /ˈbʊlwɝk/, /ˈbʊlwɔɹk/, X-SAMPA: /"bUlw@`k/, /"bUlwOrk/
bulwark (plural bulwarks)
- A defensive wall or rampart.
- A defense or safeguard.
- 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.
a defensive wall or rampart
(nautical) the planking or plating along the sides of a nautical vessel above her gunwale
bulwark (third-person singular simple present bulwarks, present participle bulwarking, simple past and past participle bulwarked)
- (transitive) To fortify something with a wall or rampart.
- (transitive) To provide protection of defense for something.