breastwork [brest-wurk] EXAMPLES|WORD ORIGIN noun Fortification. a defensive work, usually breast high.

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  • Origin of breastwork First recorded in 1635–45; breast + work Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019 Related Words for breastworks barricade, stronghold, mainstay, citadel, fortress, bulwark, reinforcement, bastion, ridge, fence, barrier, wall, parapet, support, guard, defense, hill, embankment, protection, elevation Examples from the Web for breastworks Historical Examples of breastworks

  • In front of the hill were the breastworks; in front of the breastworks woods.

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  • Then in the afternoon there was a grand charge upon the Rebel breastworks.

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  • Rodes’s Alabamian’s passed the abattis, touched the breastworks.

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  • The British were within two hundred yards of the American breastworks.

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  • The regiments were all under arms at the breastworks at six o’clock.

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  • British Dictionary definitions for breastworks breastwork noun fortifications a temporary defensive work, usually breast-highAlso called: parapet Collins English Dictionary – Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Word Origin and History for breastworks breastwork n.

    “fieldwork thrown up breast-high for defense,” 1640s, from breast (n.) + work (n.) in “fortification” sense. Old English had breostweall in same sense.

    Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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