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Bulwark

Bulwark [ BOO' L-werk, -wawrk, BUHL- ]
 noun, transitive verb ]
 MEANING :
 1. (n.) a solid wall built for defence; a rampart
2. (n.) something serving as a strong support or protection
3. (n.) breakwater
4. (n.) (usu. plural) the side of a ship above the upper deck
5. (tr. v.) to fortify or protect with a bulwark
 USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
 The Great wall of China- built as a bulwark against invading Mongols- is one of the greatest engineering feats of all time.
 USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :
 Clinton hopes Texas will serve as a bulwark against Obama's wave of growing political support.

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