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 for bulwark
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Bulwark \Bul"wark\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Bulwarked; p. pr. &
     vb. n. Bulwarking.]
     To fortify with, or as with, a rampart or wall; to secure by
     fortification; to protect.
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           Of some proud city, bulwarked round and armed
           With rising towers.                      --Glover.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Bulwark \Bul"wark\, n. [Akin to D. bolwerk, G. bollwerk, Sw.
     bolwerk, Dan. bolv[aum]rk, bulv[aum]rk, rampart; akin to G.
     bohle plank, and werk work, defense. See Bole stem, and
     Work, n., and cf. Boulevard.]
     1. (Fort.) A rampart; a fortification; a bastion or outwork.
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     2. That which secures against an enemy, or defends from
        attack; any means of defense or protection.
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              The royal navy of England hath ever been its
              greatest defense, . . . the floating bulwark of our
              island.                               --Blackstone.
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     3. pl. (Naut.) The sides of a ship above the upper deck,
        usually a fencelike structure around the deck.
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     Syn: See Rampart.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  bulwark
      n 1: an embankment built around a space for defensive purposes;
           "they stormed the ramparts of the city"; "they blew the
           trumpet and the walls came tumbling down" [syn: rampart,
           bulwark, wall]
      2: a fencelike structure around a deck (usually plural)
      3: a protective structure of stone or concrete; extends from
         shore into the water to prevent a beach from washing away
         [syn: breakwater, groin, groyne, mole, bulwark,
         seawall, jetty]
      v 1: defend with a bulwark

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  176 Moby Thesaurus words for "bulwark":
     abatis, abutment, advanced work, aegis, arc-boutant, arch dam,
     arm guard, backstop, balistraria, bamboo curtain, bank, banquette,
     bar, barbed-wire entanglement, barbican, barrage, barricade,
     barrier, bartizan, bastion, battlement, beam, bear-trap dam,
     beaver dam, boom, breakwater, breastwork, brick wall, buffer,
     bulkhead, bumper, buttress, buttress pier, buttressing, casemate,
     cheval-de-frise, circumvallation, citadel, cofferdam,
     contraceptive, contravallation, copyright, counterscarp, cover,
     crash helmet, curtain, cushion, dam, dashboard, defend, defense,
     demibastion, dike, ditch, dodger, drawbridge, earthwork,
     embankment, enclosure, entanglement, escarp, escarpment, face mask,
     fence, fend, fender, fieldwork, finger guard, flying buttress,
     foot guard, fort, fortalice, fortification, fortress, fuse, gate,
     glacis, goggles, governor, gravity dam, groin, guard, guardrail,
     hand guard, handrail, hanging buttress, hard hat, helmet,
     hydraulic-fill dam, insulation, interlock, iron curtain, jam,
     jetty, jutty, knee guard, knuckle guard, laminated glass,
     leaping weir, levee, life preserver, lifeline, lightning conductor,
     lightning rod, logjam, loophole, lunette, machicolation, mantelet,
     mask, merlon, milldam, moat, mole, mound, mudguard, nose guard,
     outwork, pad, padding, palisade, palladium, parados, parapet,
     patent, pier, pier buttress, pilot, portcullis, postern gate,
     preventive, prophylactic, protect, protective clothing,
     protective umbrella, rampart, ravelin, redan, redoubt,
     retaining wall, roadblock, rock-fill dam, safeguard, safety,
     safety glass, safety plug, safety rail, safety shoes,
     safety switch, safety valve, sally port, scarp, sconce, screen,
     seat belt, seawall, secure, shelter, shield, shin guard, shoulder,
     shutter dam, stockade, stone wall, stronghold, sun helmet,
     tenaille, umbrella, vallation, vallum, wall, weir, wicket dam,
     windscreen, windshield, work
  
  

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