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parapet

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

A low protective wall or railing along the edge of a raised platform, terrace, bridge, roof, balcony, and above cornices.
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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

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.

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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.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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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"Listed building consent was previously approved for the downtaking and rebuilding of the parapets on one side to be constructed in salvaged stone and the other in new stone.
The local witnesses said both boys got slipped into the well as they were passing by it in quite haste, adding, the well was not safe as it did not have parapet walls around it.
The measures, costing PS200,000, include anti-climb mesh and other work on the parapets to make them harder to climb over.
A Welsh Government spokeswoman said: "We are looking to start work on the parapets of the M4 Bridge (Heol Spencer) within this financial year.
The works comprised cast-iron structural repairs requiring metal stitching, masonry repairs, new waterproofing to address water leakage, restoration of damaged cast-iron copers, new independent parapets and repainting to get the structure back to its former glory.
Some have come off particularly vulnerable areas such as parapet walls or chimney stacks but the most likely source is the brickwork beneath the damp-proof course.
Discussing the new product, Adel said most bridge parapets used in the Gulf are imported and Ameeri's new line would help substitute some of those with ones made in Bahrain.
Parapets dramatically reduce these pressure differences at roof edges (Figure 3).
That was given a grant of pounds 50,000 towards a pounds 200,000 job on its spire and tower parapets.
Hill and Smith Holdings has transferred steel parapet production from its Birmingham factory to Lionweld Kennedy in Middlesbrough.
The aluminium parapets being replaced, prevented cars crashing off elevated road sections.
A comprehensive investigative probe campaign has been completed documenting the underlying configurations and conditions at each parapet level and at locations with evident distress.