In "The Star-Spangled Banner," the synonym for fortified elevation is: Ramparts, Reposes, Host, Ocean, Banner?

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In the poem, "The Star-Spangled banner," the synonym for fortified elevation is ramparts. Look at the usage of the word in the lines given below, "O'er the ramparts we watched," it is evident that a reference is being made to something that is elevated and acts as a barrier to protect the viewers from the flying rockets and bombs.

Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight,  
O'er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming;  
And the rocket's red glare, the bombs bursting in air,

The definition for a rampart as given at http://dictionary.reference.com is "a broad elevation or mound of earth raised as a fortification around a place and usually capped with a stone or earth parapet." The other terms: reposes, host, ocean and banner do not mean a fortified elevation.

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