AskDefine | Define breastworks

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Noun

breastworks
  1. Plural of breastwork

Extensive Definition

A breastwork is a fortification. The term is usually applied to temporary fortifications, often an earthwork thrown up to breast height to provide protection to defenders firing over it from a standing position. A more permanent structure, normally in stone, would be described as a parapet or the battlement of a castle wall.
breastworks in German: Brustwehr
breastworks in Russian: Бруствер
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