• WordNet 3.6
    • n parapet fortification consisting of a low wall
    • n parapet a low wall along the edge of a roof or balcony
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Parapet (Arch) A low wall, especially one serving to protect the edge of a platform, roof, bridge, or the like.
    • Parapet (Fort) A wall, rampart, or elevation of earth, for covering soldiers from an enemy's fire; a breastwork. See Illust. of Casemate.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n parapet A wall or rampart rising breast-high. Milit., a wall, rampart, or elevation of earth to cover soldiers from the attacks of an enemy in front; a breastwork. About half-way up the inner side is a ledge called a banquette, which the troops mount when they are about to fire. See also cuts under embrasure and fortification.
    • n parapet In architecture, a wall or barrier, either plain or ornamented, placed at the edges of platforms or balconies, roofs of houses, sides of bridges, etc., to prevent people from falling over; also, something resembling such a parapet in appearance or use. See cut under moucharaby.
    • n parapet In anatomy, the alveolus, or alveolar border of the jawbone, in which the teeth are inserted.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Parapet par′a-pet a rampart breast-high, to protect soldiers on a wall from the fire of an enemy: a breast-high wall on a bridge, house-roof, a platform, &c., to prevent persons from falling over
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., fr. It. parapetto, fr. parare, to ward off, guard (L. parare, to prepare, provide) + petto, the breast, L. pectus,. See Parry, and Pectoral
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—It. parapetto—It. parare, to adorn—L. parāre, to prepare, It. petto—L. pectus, the breast.


In literature:

They did not notice me, as I was behind some fragments of the broken parapet, and in the shadow.
"The Scalp Hunters" by Mayne Reid
The levee above the fort was mistaken for the parapet, and some loss was sustained from the fire of gunboats.
"Destruction and Reconstruction:" by Richard Taylor
On each side of the bridge, towards the water, was a solid parapet, or wall.
"Rollo in London" by Jacob Abbott
Once Guy ventured to peer down over the parapet, and to his surprise he saw Arab guards at the residency door, sternly keeping back the crowd.
"The River of Darkness" by William Murray Graydon
We arrived at Carrollton, just above New Orleans, and went ashore at Camp Parapet, on the morning of December 18.
"The Twenty-fifth Regiment Connecticut Volunteers in the War of the Rebellion" by George P. Bissell
I wandered on, heavy sniping hissing over my head or into the parapet, covering me with clay occasionally.
"Letters of Lt.-Col. George Brenton Laurie" by George Brenton Laurie
While this was going on, Major Anderson and myself stood side by side on the parapet, watching the scene through our spy-glasses.
"Reminiscences of Forts Sumter and Moultrie in 1860-'61" by Abner Doubleday
With a spring I was on the parapet.
"Nobody's Boy" by Hector Malot
At all events, there are two heads on the house-top, just showing over the parapet.
"The Flag of Distress" by Mayne Reid
The space is occupied by a parapet, or by a high iron balustrade.
"Rollo in Scotland" by Jacob Abbott

In poetry:

The undulation sinks and swells
Along the stony parapets,
And far away the floating bells
Tinkle upon the fisher's nets.
"Cadenabbia. Lake Of Como. (Birds Of Passage. Flight The Fourth)" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Even as when the trackway thundered
With the charge of grenadiers,
And the blood of forty hundred
Splashed its parapets and piers . . .
"The Bridge Of Lodi" by Thomas Hardy
The boughs of stately trees are bending o'er him,
The scent of calycanthus fills the air,
And on the ivied parapet before him
Bloom roses fair.
"Beside Lake Como" by John Lawson Stoddard
Then clung they about him, and tugged, and knelt.
He drew a pistol out from his belt,
And fired it blank at the first that set
Foot on the edge of the parapet.
"The Last Redoubt" by Alfred Austin
Done? Oh, never done! the builder buildeth fair,
Stone upon stone, that all the world may know;
Higher and higher, in purer veins of air,
The parapets of love, the towers of beauty grow.
"America" by Maurice Thompson
Oh! it was horrible to see the flames leaping up all around,
While amongst the spectators the silence was profound,
As they saw a men climb out to the parapet high,
Resolved to save his life, or in the attempt to die!
"The Disastrous Fire at Scarborough" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

STANDING in the turret of a hilltop castle, leaning with a sigh of bliss against a stone parapet, I took in the old part of the city: curving cobblestone alleys and avenues.
In addition to its past occupants, the bungalow 's Dutch Colonial Revival style and curved parapets are unusual in Austin and make it a good candidate for landmark status, said Steve Sadowsky, the city's historic preservation officer.
In his original submission to the 9/11 memorial design competition in 2003, Michael Arad envisioned the victims' names inscribed on low parapets at the base of two pools marking the voids where the twin towers stood.
Risks in putting head above 100% Pure parapet .
Parapet Wall Strengthening With Paratec CINTEC America, Inc Baltimore.
CINTEC America Inc.'s Paratec is a versatile method of internal structural reinforcement tailored to meet the specific requirements of masonry parapet and retaining walls.
The roof omitted the usual projecting cornice (by then criticized for casting shadows) for a parapet festooned with lacy decoration with classical heads.
Tall grasses and weeds bring out the yellows and oranges of the Parapet Bridge.
Garlock Safety Systems, of Plymouth, MN, has introduced Turbo-Rail fall protection railings, which can clamp directly onto parapet walls and slab floors.
At the National September 11th Memorial, tourists balance coffee cups and soda bottles on the parapets bearing the names of the dead.
On one building, they're eating the caulk from the precast parapet joints.