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Definition an embankment or wall built for defensive purposes
  • they stormed the ramparts of the city
  • The invaders were unable to penetrate the outer ramparts.
  • they dug deep holes in the snow, piling it up in ramparts to windward as a protection
    Washington Irving
  • There's a watchtower on either side of the main gate, and other towers all the way around the rampart wall.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Oryx and Crake
  • rampart = a wall built for defensive purposes
  • The rampart is covered instantly by a formidable row of enemies.
    Edmond Rostand  --  Cyrano de Bergerac
  • rampart = an embankment or wall built for defensive purposes
  • There's a watchtower here, and access to the rampart; he'd like to climb up, have a look around, check out that smoke he saw.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Oryx and Crake
  • He progresses along the rampart, step by wrenching step.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Oryx and Crake
  • He unpacks his twisted sheet, ties it to a ventilation pipe — flimsy, but the only possibility — and lowers the free end over the edge of the rampart.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Oryx and Crake
  • Snowman — goon, buffoon, poltroon —crouches on the rampart, arms over his head, pelted from above like an object of general derision.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Oryx and Crake
  • He eats half a Joltbar, downs some water, continues along the rampart.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Oryx and Crake
  • Over the top of the rampart wall he can see something white — greyish white and cloudlike — but it's too low down to be a cloud.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Oryx and Crake
  • Snowman limps along the rampart, towards the glassy white swell of the bubble-dome, which is receding from him like a mirage.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Oryx and Crake
  • The rampart is twenty feet high, twenty-seven counting the walls.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Oryx and Crake
  • It's an eight-foot drop to the rampart.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Oryx and Crake
  • He'd like to show himself to the pigoons, jeer at them, but he resists this impulse: they'd follow along beside the rampart, keep him from descending.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Oryx and Crake
  • The rampart is six feet wide, with a wall on either side.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Oryx and Crake
  • No animals about, apart from a trio of crows perched on the rampart.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Oryx and Crake
  • He tries smashing the kitchen window — he could lower himself down onto the Compound rampart with the bedsheet he's torn into strips and twisted — but no luck: the glass is attack-proof.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Oryx and Crake
  • His plan is to get what he needs out of there, then circle around via the rampart — or, if conditions are right, he can cut across the Compound space on level ground — and make his way out by a side gate.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Oryx and Crake
  • Long ago, in the days of knights and dragons, the kings and dukes had lived in castles, with high walls and drawbridges and slots on the ramparts so you could pour hot pitch on your enemies, said Jimmy's father, and the Compounds were the same idea.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Oryx and Crake

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