how to pronounce bulwark


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bulwark is pronounced in two syllables

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An example use of bulwark in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… stood as a powerful bulwark for firms …”

meanings of bulwark


  1. A defensive wall or rampart.
  2. A defense or safeguard.
  3. Any means of defence or security.
  4. A breakwater.
  5. The planking or plating along the sides of a nautical vessel above her gunwale that reduces the likelihood of seas washing over the gunwales and people being washed overboard.


  1. To fortify something with a wall or rampart.
  2. To provide protection of defense for something.

bulwark frequency in english - C2+ level of CEFR

the word bulwark occurs in english on average 0.4 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2+ level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

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