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Definition of "bulwark" []

  • A wall or embankment raised as a defensive fortification; a rampart. (noun)
  • Something serving as a defense or safeguard: "We have seen the necessity of the Union, as our bulwark against foreign danger” ( James Madison). (noun)
  • A breakwater. (noun)
  • The part of a ship's side that is above the upper deck. Often used in the plural. (noun)
  • To fortify with a wall, embankment, or rampart. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "bulwark" in a sentence
  • "Whether this new Iraqi government — the one that will stand as American forces are withdrawn — will be a long-term bulwark is a question that can only be answered over time, of course."
  • "Depending on what it says, that report will either serve as a short-term bulwark against Democratic calls for withdrawal or will make withdrawal a politically unstoppable force."
  • "Darcy and Mike: You know, it's interesting that, for all the checks and balances in the Constitution, what may actually be the most important bulwark is something as simple as term limits."