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Pronunciation:  'brest`wurk

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  fortification consisting of a low wall

BREASTWORK is a 10 letter word that starts with B.


 Synonyms: parapet
 See Also: fortification, machicolation, munition



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\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.

2. (Naut.) A railing on the quarter-deck and forecastle.

Thesaurus Terms
 Related Terms: 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, boom, breakwater, brick wall, buffer, bulkhead, bulwark, casemate, cheval-de-frise, circumvallation, cofferdam, contravallation, counterscarp, curtain, dam, defense, demibastion, dike, ditch, drawbridge, earthwork, embankment, enclosure, entanglement, escarp, escarpment, fence, fieldwork, fortalice, fortification, gate, glacis, gravity dam, groin, hydraulic-fill dam, iron curtain, jam, jetty, leaping weir, levee, logjam, loophole, lunette, machicolation, mantelet, merlon, milldam, moat, mole, mound, outwork, palisade, parados, parapet, portcullis, postern gate, rampart, ravelin, redan, redoubt, roadblock, rock-fill dam, sally port, scarp, sconce, seawall, shutter dam, stockade, stone wall, tenaille, vallation, vallum, wall, weir, wicket dam, work