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parapet

a low wall or railing along the edge of a balcony, roof, etc.

Parapet

A low protective wall or railing along the edge of a raised platform, terrace, bridge, roof, balcony, and above cornices.

Parapet

 

(1) A low, unbroken wall enclosing the roof of a building, terrace, balcony, quay, bridge, or other structure. Parapets often serve as bases for decorative vases and statues.

(2) A wall situated atop a dam, mole, dike, or similar structure to protect it from wave erosion. Also, the wall in canal locks enclosing the area adjacent to the lock chamber.

parapet

[′par·ə·pət]
(architecture)
A low retaining wall at the edge of a roof, bridge, porch, or other structure.
(ordnance)
An elevation of earth or material which is thrown up in front of a trench or emplacement to protect the occupants from fire and observation, and over which fire may be delivered.

parapet

1. A low guarding wall at any point of sudden drop, as at the edge of a terrace, roof, battlement, balcony, etc.
2. A defense wall.
3. In an exterior wall, fire wall, or party wall, the part entirely above the roof.
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Father Brown, also leaning motionless on the parapet, moved one finger for an instant into the direction of the soot-masked niggers singing on the sands.
Then she paused again; she was close to the parapet of the garden, and in front of her was the starlit lake.
Miller, who, as they drew near, walked to the parapet of the garden and leaned upon it, looking intently at the lake and turning her back to them.
D'Artagnan went to the parapet, leaned over towards the steps of the mole, and called the officer, who immediately came up.
The minutes passed, and there the figure stood, a motionless black object, behind the black parapet of the bridge.
The sharp features and white hair appearing alone, above the parapet, looked like a severed head garnishing the wall.
If I were to toss a pebble over this parapet it would be something like a bullet by the time it struck him.
Wilfred Bohun threw one leg over the parapet, and Father Brown had him in a minute by the collar.
He hung well over the parapet, as if captivated by the smooth rush of the blue water under the arch.
I left him hanging far over the parapet of the bridge.
Bounderby's humility to keep Nickits's roses on a reduced scale - and Tom sat down on a terrace-parapet, plucking buds and picking them to pieces; while his powerful Familiar stood over him, with a foot upon the parapet, and his figure easily resting on the arm supported by that knee.
He planted a board, which he had carried up with him for the purpose, so firmly against the door that it must be matter of great difficulty to open it from the inside; and creeping over the tiles, looked over the low parapet.