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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ As he reached the foot of the bleak stone steps, a single gunman opened fire from the parapet around the stairway.
▪ Choir and audience wave to each other when the singing is over, some of the little boys leaning perilously over the parapets.
▪ Corrigan watched the parapet above them.
▪ I got up and went to the corner of the parapet, from where I could see in three directions.
▪ I shifted unobtrusively, to crane a look over the parapet.
▪ Once you put your head above the parapet these people clearly shot at it.
▪ The double-decker smashed through a fence and ended up perched precariously on a bridge parapet at Brighouse, West Yorkshire.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Parapet \Par"a*pet\, n. [F., fr. It. parapetto, fr. parare to ward off, guard (L. parare to prepare, provide) + petto the breast, L. pectus. See Parry, and Pectoral.]

  1. (Arch.) A low wall, especially one serving to protect the edge of a platform, roof, bridge, or the like.

  2. (Fort.) A wall, rampart, or elevation of earth, for covering soldiers from an enemy's fire; a breastwork. See Illust. of Casemate.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1580s, from Middle French parapet "breastwork" (16c.), or directly from Italian parapetto, from para- "defense" (see para- (2)) + petto "breast," from Latin pectus (see pectoral (adj.)).


n. 1 A low retaining wall. 2 Part of a perimeter that extends above the roof.

  1. n. a low wall along the edge of a roof or balcony

  2. fortification consisting of a low wall [syn: breastwork]


A parapet is a barrier which is an extension of the wall at the edge of a roof, terrace, balcony, walkway or other structure. The word comes ultimately from the Italian parapetto (parare "to cover/defend" and petto "breast"). The German equivalent Brustwehr has the same meaning. Where extending above a roof, a parapet may simply be the portion of an exterior wall that continues above the line of the roof surface, or may be a continuation of a vertical feature beneath the roof such as a fire wall or party wall. Parapets were originally used to defend buildings from military attack, but today they are primarily used as guard rails and to prevent the spread of fires.

Usage examples of "parapet".

She brandished this as she screeched her threats and curses at the men on the parapet.

Petersburg, towering, monumental and inhuman, which the hero discovers when he tears himself away from the moist grip of the canals and, leaning on the parapet of a bridge, contemplates the broad panorama of the Neva stretching before his eyes.

Germans had converted the parados into an invulnerable parapet and had constructed a nest of machine-guns to sweep with a crossfire the right and left flanks, where our line curved in like a gigantic horse-shoe.

High explosive and steel and brass had had their way with the landscape, blowing big holes in the trenches, knocking down stretches of parapet and parados, and incidentally knocking a couple of vital machine-gun positions topsy-turvy.

The peculiarity of this building, which is perched upon a platform of stone, and commands a splendid prospect, is that its tiny peribolus, or sacred enclosure, was surrounded by a parapet of stone slabs covered with exquisite reliefs of winged Victories, in various attitudes.

Paris quays, studying their busy life and their picturesque vistas, whenever he was not poring over the second-hand books set out for sale upon their parapets.

Suddenly Sean was there again, and even at that distance he appeared a heroic figure, balancing easily on the sandbagged parapet in the ruddy glow of the flames.

Whatever the reason, Scriber turned a head from the other and saw swift shadows coming over the forest side of the parapet.

Their eyeless remains, dried and mummified by the harsh winds and waterless air, swung for more than a year from a parapet outside the palace of Jierna Tal before the prince was finally prevailed upon to have them removed so that they did not clash with the street decorations celebrating the rites of spring.

He went with Haranjus to the roof, not unlike the roof at Baris, surrounded by a low parapet, fouled with shit, littered with feathers, and reeking with the musty, permeating smell of Thraish.

Les bouquinistes au XVIIIe siecle reconquirent le parapet pour la joie des curieux.

With my back to the parapet, I looked at the two of them--both reading me now, but Cera considerably more puzzled than Aine.

Along the lower courses of the walls of these ducts grew expanses of green liverwort, while the parapets, where the stones remained dry, were covered with blue-tongued lichens, their scarlet apothecia upstanding like myriads of minuscule warriors on guard above the sacred water below.

It was then he fired the castle, and as flames licked through the stony parapets, over the crenelations and in the upper rooms of the towers, it was said that you could hear the rats screaming and a scream above those tiny fevered screams which was lost in smoke and in the sound of old dry beams collapsing.

Despite her lassitude of body, which kept her motionless as an idol in her chair, with her arm lying along the parapet of the verandah, Domini felt as if a confused crowd of things indefinable, but violent, was already stirring within her nature, as if this new climate was calling armed men into being.