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something that offers protection — especially a defensive wall or embankment, or a sea wall

or (especially in classic literature):  the part of a ship's side that  is above the upper deck
  • I knew that I shouldn't be mad at Ty for being what he'd always been, patient, understanding, careful, willing to act as the bulwark against my father, but I was mad at him.
    p. 155.3

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