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fortification

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Wikipedia Word definitions in Wikipedia
A fortification is a military construction or building designed for defense in warfare. Fortification may also refer to: Food fortification , the process of adding micronutrients to food products Fortification, New Zealand Wine fortification , the addition ...

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary Word definitions in Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
early 15c., "a strengthening," also "defensive earthworks; a tower" (mid-15c.), from Old French fortification "strengthening, fortification," from Late Latin fortificationem (nominative fortificatio ) "a strengthening, fortifying," noun of action from past ...

WordNet Word definitions in WordNet
n. defensive structure consisting of walls or mounds built around a stronghold to strengthen it [syn: munition ] the art or science of strengthening defenses the addition of an ingredient for the purpose of enrichment (as the addition of alcohol to wine ...

The Collaborative International Dictionary Word definitions in The Collaborative International Dictionary
Fortification \For`ti*fi*ca"tion\, n. [L. fortificatio : cf. F. fortification.] The act of fortifying; the art or science of fortifying places in order to defend them against an enemy. That which fortifies; especially, a work or works erected to defend ...

Wiktionary Word definitions in Wiktionary
n. 1 The act of fortifying; the art or science of fortifying places to strengthen defence against an enemy. 2 That which fortifies; especially, a work or works erected to defend a place against attack; a fortified place; a fortress; a fort; a castle. 3 ...

Usage examples of fortification.

Zeus is fulfilled: the Achaeans are penned up in their fortifications, the first Achaean ship is fired.

Besides their arms, which the legionaries scarcely considered as an encumbrance, they were laden with their kitchen furniture, the instruments of fortification, and the provision of many days.

Surajah would both be at liberty next day, for Tippoo had that morning started for Bangalore, where a large number of men were at work, repairing the fortifications and removing all signs of the British occupation from the fort and palace.

We have the siege train at Bournemouth, some fortifications already are dug and prepared, and we can throw up more.

Upon his arrival there, he chose a very strong camp on the other side of the Oder, in order to cover the city of Breslau, to the fortifications of which he immediately added several new works.

He intercepted several parties of Carpi, and other Germans, who were hastening to share the victory of their countrymen, intrusted the passes of the mountains to officers of approved valor and fidelity, repaired and strengthened the fortifications of the Danube, and exerted his utmost vigilance to oppose either the progress or the retreat of the Goths.

Ralph Cottle that he needed fortification, and he drank a new foundation for his crumbling courage.

During this assault Duroc, who was in the trench, was wounded in the right thigh by the a splinter from a shell fired against the fortifications.

Those who rose to their feet again were hurled forward by the press of bodies still surging up the creek, and were trapped against the footwall of the fortifications.

If Gijon is become no longer a trade port but rather a naval basin, marshaling port, and embarkation facility, then there is scant need to defend it with land fortifications, not with the intelligence abroad in Europe that all of the larger ships of the navy of England either were destroyed fighting each other in the early days of the civil war that preceded the crusade or were scuttled to prevent capture by one or the other side years agone.

Stripped as the castillo now lay of the smaller-caliber, more accurate long gunsprobably by the present lord of Gijon, the grand duke, so that he could mount them on his heterogeneous fleetthe fortification could return nothing more than arquebus fire so long as the galleons stayed within the harbor basin.

On the thirteenth day of March a ship arrived from the West Indies, despatched by admiral Vernon, with an account of his having taken Porto Bello, on the isthmus of Darien, with six ships only, and demolished all the fortifications of the place.

Within this area lay all the vast Czech fortifications which hitherto had formed the most formidable defensive line in Europe, with the possible exception of the Maginot Line in France.

London had quite coolly requested that the head of the Resistance network for Caen, an engineer called Meslin, should furnish them with detailed information regarding the German fortifications in that area.

Anywhere below here and Multan, the Malwa now have fortifications all along the Indus.