ETYM French rempart, Old Fren. rempar, from remparer to fortify, se remparer to fence or intrench one's self; pref. re- re- + pref. en- (Latin in) + parer to defend, parry, prepare, Latin parare to prepare. Related to Pare.
An embankment built around a space for defensive purposes; SYN. bulwark, wall.
trench / trentʃ /
ETYM Old Eng. trenche, French tranchée. Related to Trench.
(Irregular plural: trenches).
1. A ditch dug as a fortification having a parapet of the excavated earth.
2. A long steep-sided depression in the ocean floor.
3. Any long cut made in the ground.