bulwark

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bulwark

1. Nautical a solid vertical fencelike structure along the outward sides of a deck
2. a breakwater or mole

bulwark

[′bu̇l‚wərk]
(naval architecture)
The part of a ship's side that extends above the main deck to protect it against heavy weather.

bulwark

A strong defensive wall structure, generally low enough to permit defensive fire.
References in classic literature ?
Cowed and disheartened by the loss of their leader, the Normans had given back and were now streaming over the bulwarks on to their own galley, dropping a dozen at a time on to her deck, But the anchor still held them in its crooked claw, and Sir Oliver with fifty men was hard upon their heels.
Thus arrayed they no longer hesitated, but flung themselves lightly over the bulwarks, and were quickly frolicking about the decks.
The pirates respectfully cleared a passage for him, and it was only when he brought up against the bulwarks that he spoke.
Dan looked over the low bulwarks at half a dozen dories rowing towards them over the shining, silky sea.
Now the general is the bulwark of the State; if the bulwark is complete at all points; the State will be strong; if the bulwark is defective, the State will be weak.