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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Bul"wark
  1. [Fort] A rampart; a fortification; a bastion or outwork.
  2. That which secures against an enemy, or defends from attack; any means of defense or protection."The royal navy of England hath ever been its greatest defense, . . . the floating bulwark of our island." [Blackstone.]
  3. pl.[Naut] The sides of a ship above the upper deck, usually a fencelike structure around the deck.
    synonyms: See Rampart.

Etymology: Akin to D. bolwerk, G. bollwerk, Sw. bolwerk, Dan. bolvärk bulvärk, rampart; akin to G. bohle plank, and werk work, defense. See Bole stem, and Work (n.), and cf. Boulevard

verb Bul"wark
To fortify with, or as with, a rampart or wall; to secure by fortification; to protect.
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  1. A protective structure of stone or concrete; extends from shore into the water to prevent a beach from washing away
  2. A fencelike structure around a deck (usually plural)
  3. An embankment built around a space for defensive purposes
  4. Defend with a bulwark

From Middle English, from Middle Dutch bolwerk, bolwerc and Middle Low German bolwerk, equivalent to bole (“tree trunk”) +‎ work. Cognate with German Bollwerk, Danish bolværk, Dutch bolwerk. See also English boulevard (from French boulevard, from Dutch), Portuguese and Spanish baluarte and Italian baluardo.

  1. A defensive wall or rampart.
  2. A defense or safeguard.
  3. A breakwater.
  4. (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.

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Past life for Bulwark born Jun 29, 1930

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a female in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Iran approximately on 1200. Your profession was philosopher and thinker.

You had an artistic personality, always transforming ugly into beauty, gray into bright colors. You would find an opportunity of creative self-expression in any situation. Your main lesson in present - to develop magnanimity and feeling of brotherhood. Try to become less adhered to material property and learn to have only as many, as you may give back.

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