Fortress meaning

fôrtrĭs
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The definition of a fortress is a secured and strong place.

An example of a fortress is a wall made out of stone that protects a city.

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A fortified place; fort.

A mighty fortress is our God.

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A fortified place; a large and permanent fortification, sometimes including a town; a fort; a castle; a stronghold; a place of defense or security.
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To furnish with a fortress or with fortresses; to guard; to fortify.
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(chess) A position that, if obtained by the weaker side, will prevent penetration by the opposing side, generally achieving a draw.
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To protect by or furnish with a fortress.
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A fortified place, especially a large, permanent military stronghold that often includes a town.
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Origin of fortress

  • Middle English forteress from Old French from Medieval Latin fortalitia from Latin fortis strong bhergh-2 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Old French forteresce, from Medieval Latin

    From Wiktionary