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bulwark (ship)

Definition:

a fence-like structure around a deck

Class:

artifact noun (man-made objects)

Usage:

usually plural

Plural:

bulwarks

Part of:

ship

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Etymology:

Middle Dutch bulwerke or Middle High German bolwerc, from bole "plank, tree...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

All senses of bulwark...

Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Bastion

an angular structure projecting outward from the curtain wall of an artillery fortification. The fully developed bastion consists of two faces and two flanks with fire from the flanks being able to protect the curtain wall and also the adjacent... (40 of 1293 words, 9 images)

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Bulwark (disambiguation)

or bastion is a feature of some fortifications. Bulwark may also refer to: Bulwark (comics), a character in the Marvel Comics universe | The Bulwark, a 1946 posthumous novel by Theodore Dreiser | Bulwark class battleship (1859), a class of Royal Navy ... (40 of 179 words, 11 definitions)

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Collins Dictionary:

bulwark | rampart [synonym, sense-specific]

a wall or similar structure used as a fortification; rampart | a person or thing acting as a defence against injury, annoyance, etc | [often plural, ... (24 of 493 words, 5 definitions, 8 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/bulwark

American Heritage Dictionary:

bulwark | bulwarked [past tense] | bulwarking [present participle] | bulwarks [3rd-person singular present]

A wall or embankment raised as a defensive fortification; a rampart. | Something serving as a defense or safeguard | A breakwater. | The part of a ... (24 of 109 words, 6 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/bulwark

Random House Dictionary:

bulwark | bulwarks [sense-specific]

a wall of earth or other material built for defense; rampart. | any protection against external danger, injury, or annoyance. | any person or thing ... (23 of 98 words, 5 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/bulwark

Oxford Dictionary:

bulwark | bulwarks

a defensive wall. | a person or thing that acts as a defence | (usually "bulwarks") : an extension of a ship's sides above the level of the deck (27 of 91 words, 3 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/bulwark

Merriam-Webster:

bulwark [entry 1, noun] | bulwarks [plural] | rampart [synonym, sense-specific] | seawall [synonym, sense-specific] | breakwater [synonym, sense-specific]

a solid wall-like structure raised for defense; "rampart" ; "breakwater", "seawall" | a strong support or protection | "bulwarks": the side of a ship ... (22 of 89 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/bulwark

bulwark [entry 2, verb] | defend [synonym] | cover [synonym] | fence [synonym] | fend [synonym] | forfend [synonym] | guard [synonym] | keep [synonym] | protect [synonym] | ...

to fortify or safeguard with a bulwark (7 of 83 words, 1 usage example)

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

bulwark | bulwarks [plural]

[countable, formal] someone or something that protects or defends something such as a belief, idea, or way of life | [countable] a wall that is built ... (25 of 85 words, 3 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/bulwark

Wiktionary:

bulwark | bulwarks [plural] | bulwarked [past tense] | bulwarking [present participle]

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 ... (40 of 71 words, 6 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/bulwark

New World Dictionary:

bulwark

an earthwork or defensive wall; fortified rampart | "breakwater" | a person or thing serving as a strong defense or protection | the part of a ship's ... (24 of 51 words, 6 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/bulwark

Cambridge Dictionary:

bulwark [formal]

something that protects you from dangerous or unpleasant situations (9 of 23 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/bulwark

Britannica Encyclopedia:

ship

any large floating vessel capable of crossing open waters, as opposed to a boat, which is generally a smaller craft. The term formerly was applied to ... (26 of 944 words, 52 images)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/540904​/ship

Columbia Encyclopedia:

ship

large craft in which persons and goods may be conveyed on water. In the United States Navy the term "boat" refers to any vessel that is small enough ... (28 of 540 words)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/history​/A​0844958​.html

Encarta Dictionary:

bulwark | bulwarks [plural] | bulwarked [past tense] | bulwarking [present participle]

a structure such as a wall or fortification built to keep out attackers | somebody or something that gives protection or support | a wall built out ... (25 of 143 words, 6 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861593350​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

bulwark

First use: early 15th century

Origin: Middle Dutch bulwerke or Middle High German bolwerc, from bole "plank, tree trunk" (from Proto-Germanic *bul-, from ... (20 of 36 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=bulwark

Wiktionary:

bulwark | bulwarks [plural] | bulwarked [past tense] | bulwarking [present participle]

Origin: 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... (31 of 35 etymology words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/bulwark

American Heritage Dictionary:

bulwark | bulwarked [past tense] | bulwarking [present participle] | bulwarks [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Middle English bulwerk, from Middle Dutch bolwerk, from Middle High German bolwerc: bole, plank; see bhel- ... (16 of 32 etymology words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/bulwark

Oxford Dictionary:

bulwark | bulwarks

Origin: late Middle English: from Middle Low German and Middle Dutch bolwerk; related to "bole1" and "work"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/bulwark

Collins Dictionary:

bulwark

First use: 15th century

Origin: via Dutch from Middle High German bolwerk, from bol plank, bole1 + werkwork

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/bulwark

New World Dictionary:

bulwark

Origin: Middle English bulwerk from Middle Dutch bolwerc: see "bole" and "work"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/bulwark

Merriam-Webster:

bulwark [entry 1, noun]

First use: 15th century

Origin: Middle English bulwerke, from Middle Dutch bolwerc, from bolle tree trunk + werc work

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/bulwark

Encarta Dictionary:

bulwark | bulwarks [plural] | bulwarked [past tense] | bulwarking [present participle]

First use: 15th century

Origin: Middle Dutch, Middle Low German bolwerk "rampart made of tree trunks" from bole "tree trunk" + werk "work"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861593350​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

bulwark | bulwarks [plural] | bulwarked [past tense] | bulwarking [present participle]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "bulwark"

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Collins Dictionary:

bulwark

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "bulwark"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/bulwark

Macmillan British Dictionary:

bulwark | bulwarks [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "bulwark"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/bulwark

Macmillan American Dictionary:

bulwark | bulwarks [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "bulwark"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/bulwark

Cambridge Dictionary:

bulwark [formal]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "bulwark"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "bulwark"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/bulwark

the Free Dictionary:

bulwark

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "bulwark"

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Google Dictionary:

bulwark | bulwarks [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "bulwark"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

bulwark

Audio: North American pronunciation of "bulwark"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=bulwar​01 word=bulwark

YourDictionary Audio:

bulwark

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "bulwark" by speech synthesizer

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