breastwork
noun Date: 1642 a temporary fortification

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  • Breastwork — may mean: #A form of temporary fortification Breastwork (fortification). #Surgical alteration of the breast Breast implant …   Wikipedia

  • 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. [1913 Webster] 2. (Naut.) A railing on the quarter deck and forecastle. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • breastwork — fieldwork thrown up breast high for defense, 1640s, from BREAST (Cf. breast) (n.) + WORK (Cf. work) (n.) in fortification sense. O.E. had breostweall in same sense …   Etymology dictionary

  • 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 — /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

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