In fortification, ramparts are broad embankments or masses of earth which surround fortified places. A rampart forms the enceinte, or body of the place, and on its exterior edge the parapet is placed, while towards the place it is terminated by the interior slope of the rampart. See also 'bulwark.'
Related term(s): Fortification; Embankment; Enceinte; Parapet; Battlement; Bulwark
Category: Castles and Fortifications
Last modified: 09.03.05
Source information: Wilhelm, Thomas. A Military Dictionary and Gazetteer. Philadelphia: L.R. Hamersly & Co., 1881. 473.