- [Fort] A rampart; a fortification; a bastion or outwork.
- 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.]
- 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