ram|part

ram|part «RAM pahrt», noun, verb.
–n.
1. a wide bank of earth, often with a wall on top, built around a fort to help defend it: »

O'er the ramparts we watched (Francis Scott Key).

SYNONYM(S): embankment.
2. Figurative: »

to strengthen the ramparts of freedom.

SYNONYM(S): defense, protection, bastion, bulwark.
–v.t.
to fortify or surround with, or as if with, a rampart: »

Against our ramparted gates (Shakespeare).

[< Middle French rempart < remparer to fortify < re- (< Latin re- back) + emparer fortify, ultimately < Latin ante before + parāre to prepare]

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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