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Meaning of PARAPET

Pronunciation:  'parupet

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  fortification consisting of a low wall

PARAPET is a 7 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: breastwork
 See Also: fortification, machicolation, munition



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\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}.]
1. (Arch.) A low wall, especially one serving to protect the
   edge of a platform, roof, bridge, or the like.

2. (Fort.) A wall, rampart, or elevation of earth, for
   covering soldiers from an enemy's fire; a breastwork. See
   Illust. of {Casemate}.

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