parapet wall

parapet wall
noun see parapet

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • parapet — noun Etymology: Italian parapetto, from parare to shield (from Latin, to prepare) + petto chest, from Latin pectus more at pare, pectoral Date: 1590 1. a wall, rampart, or elevation of earth or stone to protect soldiers 2. a low wall or railing… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • parapet — ► NOUN 1) a low protective wall along the edge of a roof, bridge, or balcony. 2) a protective wall or bank along the top of a military trench. ORIGIN French, or from Italian parapetto, chest high wall …   English terms dictionary

  • Parapet — Par a*pet, n. [F., fr. It. parapetto, fr. parare to ward off, guard (L. parare to prepare, provide) + petto the breast, L. pectus. See {Parry}, and {Pectoral}.] [1913 Webster] 1. (Arch.) A low wall, especially one serving to protect the edge of a …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • parapet — [par′ə pet΄, par′əpət] n. [Fr < It parapetto < parare, to guard (< L, PREPARE) + petto, breast < L pectus] 1. a wall or bank used to screen troops from frontal enemy fire, sometimes placed along the top of a rampart 2. a low wall or… …   English World dictionary

  • parapet — [n] bulwark barricade, barrier, bastion, buffet, buttress, defense, embankment, fortification, partition, protection, protective wall, rampart, safeguard; concepts 96,729 …   New thesaurus

  • wall — [n] obstruction, divider bank, bar, barricade, barrier, block, blockade, bulwark, curb, dam, embankment, enclosure, facade, fence, fortification, hindrance, hurdle, impediment, levee, limitation, palisade, panel, paneling, parapet, partition,… …   New thesaurus

  • Parapet — A parapet is a wall like barrier at the edge of a roof or structure. It may serve to prevent unwanted falls over the edge or it may be a defensive, constructional or stylistic feature. Building parapetsThe word comes ultimately from the Italian… …   Wikipedia

  • parapet — UK [ˈpærəpɪt] / UK [ˈpærəpet] / US [ˈperəpɪt] noun [countable] Word forms parapet : singular parapet plural parapets 1) a low wall at the edge of something high such as a bridge or a roof 2) a low wall that protects soldiers in the place they are …   English dictionary

  • wall — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) n. side, partition, bulkhead, flange, splashboard; rampart, defense; barrier; fence; cliff, precipice; levee, dike, seawall; (pl.) prison. See enclosure, hindrance, vertical, circumscription. II (Roget s …   English dictionary for students

  • parapet — [[t]pæ̱rəpɪt[/t]] parapets 1) N COUNT A parapet is a low wall along the edge of something high such as a bridge or roof. 2) PHRASE: V and head inflect If you say that someone puts their head above the parapet, you mean they take a risk. If you… …   English dictionary

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