- Breastwork Breast"work` (br[e^]st"w[^u]rk`), n.
1. (Fort.) A defensive work of moderate height, hastily
thrown up, of earth or other material.
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.
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breastwork — *bulwark, bastion, parapet, rampart … New Dictionary of Synonyms
breastwork — [brest′wʉrk΄] n. a low wall put up quickly as a defense in battle … English World dictionary
breastwork — noun a) a fortification consisting of a breast high bulwark; a parapet A swarthy boy opened a book and propped it nimbly under the breastwork of his satchel. He recited jerks of verse with odd glances at the text: <! This is just a metaphor b) … Wiktionary
breastwork — noun Date: 1642 a temporary fortification … New Collegiate Dictionary
breastwork — /brest werrk /, n. Fort. a defensive work, usually breast high. [1635 45; BREAST + WORK] * * * … Universalium
breastwork — Synonyms and related words: abatis, advanced work, arch dam, backstop, balistraria, bamboo curtain, bank, banquette, bar, barbed wire entanglement, barbican, barrage, barricade, barrier, bartizan, bastion, battlement, bear trap dam, beaver dam,… … Moby Thesaurus
breastwork — n. temporary fortification … English contemporary dictionary
breastwork — noun a low temporary defence or parapet … English new terms dictionary