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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
fort
noun
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ ADJECTIVE
old
▪ He passes through it every time he rides to the old earth fort on the crest.
▪ The section of the base around the old fort was more agreeable than the rest.
▪ At the end it climbed steeply on to the high ground on which the old Roman fort had been built.
roman
▪ The high grey walls of the Roman fort provided a screen for these modern soldiers and their bizarre equipment.
▪ McManus Galleries have extensive local history displays, including valuable material from Roman fort at Carpow.
▪ It has two castles, a Roman fort, a giant, the Devil and a sunken town.
▪ At the end it climbed steeply on to the high ground on which the old Roman fort had been built.
▪ Cardiff Castle A Roman fort chosen as the site for a Norman castle.
▪ The Roman bridge connects the Roman fort at Inveresk to the harbour.
▪ This aerial view of Pevensey Castle shows the Roman fort together with the medieval keep and bailey in the southeast corner.
▪ They'd gone to see another hill, which had been a Roman fort, covered in ferns now.
■ NOUN
hill
▪ The early hill forts have been studied by waves of archaeologists almost as numerous as their early invaders.
■ VERB
build
▪ For example, one six-year-old boy I worked with built an imaginary fort in my office.
▪ Yet before the ashes of the council fire are cold the Great Father is building his forts among us.
hold
▪ Filling the breach, holding the fort, and that kind of thing.
▪ Junior Bryant has to hold the fort.
▪ The evening was to take place as planned and Faith would hold the fort at Oaklands.
▪ William Okay-perfect timing as ever-#hold the fort for a second will you, Martin?
▪ It was Major Herriott's turn to get out of the office, having held the fort whilst his leader had been away.
▪ You got us into this, was my uncharitable thought, now you hold the fort while we climb out of it.
PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
hold the fort
▪ The three of you will be holding the fort in the kitchen tonight.
▪ Filling the breach, holding the fort, and that kind of thing.
▪ It was Major Herriott's turn to get out of the office, having held the fort whilst his leader had been away.
▪ Junior Bryant has to hold the fort.
▪ Just the three of you going to be holding the fort tonight.
▪ The evening was to take place as planned and Faith would hold the fort at Oaklands.
▪ You got us into this, was my uncharitable thought, now you hold the fort while we climb out of it.
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ soldiers from Fort Bragg
▪ The Civil War began when Southern troops fired on Fort Sumter.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ At their reasonably cozy fort, a bell signaled daily worship.
▪ Delight in the remarkably sophisticated ways of the Roman Centurion and Civilian who lived in Malton's fort and vicus.
▪ Just the three of you going to be holding the fort tonight.
▪ McManus Galleries have extensive local history displays, including valuable material from Roman fort at Carpow.
▪ One team responsible for defence, the other had the hard task of storming the fort.
▪ The first scenario was the fort.
▪ The Roman bridge connects the Roman fort at Inveresk to the harbour.
▪ The small band eventually finds the fort under siege.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Fort

Fort \Fort\, n. [F., from fort strong, L. fortis; perh. akin to Skr. darh to fix, make firm, and to E. firm Cf. Forte, Force, Fortalice, Comfort, Effort.] (Mil.) A strong or fortified place; usually, a small fortified place, occupied only by troops, surrounded with a ditch, rampart, and parapet, or with palisades, stockades, or other means of defense; a fortification.

Detached works, depending solely on their own strength, belong to the class of works termed forts.
--Farrow.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
fort

mid-15c., "fortified place, stronghold," from Old French fort "fort, fortress; strong man," noun use of adjective meaning "strong, stout, sturdy; hard, severe, difficult; hard to understand; dreadful, terrible; fortified" (10c.), from Latin fortis "strong, mighty; firm, steadfast; brave, spirited," from Old Latin forctus, possibly from PIE root *bhergh- (2) "high, elevated," with derivatives referring to hills and hill-forts (see barrow (n.2)). Or possibly from *dher- (2) "to hold firmly, support." Figurative use of hold the fort attested from 1590s.

Wiktionary
fort

n. 1 A fortify defensive structure stationed with troops. 2 Any permanent army post.

WordNet
fort
  1. n. a fortified military post where troops are stationed [syn: garrison]

  2. a fortified defensive structure [syn: fortress]

fort
  1. v. gather in, or as if in, a fort, as for protection or defense [syn: fort up]

  2. enclose by or as if by a fortification [syn: fortify]

  3. station (troops) in a fort

Gazetteer
Wikipedia
Fort (disambiguation)

A fort is a fortification, a defensive military construction. __NOTOC__

Fort (Mumbai precinct)

Fort is a business district in Mumbai, India. The area was the heart of the city during the 18th century. The area gets its name from the defensive fort, Fort George, built by the British East India Company around Bombay Castle. The area extends from the docks in the east, to Azad Maidan in the west; Victoria Terminus in the north to Kala Ghoda in the south. This area is the heart of the financial area of the city. Institutions such as the Bombay Stock Exchange, Reserve Bank of India and Tata Group headquarters are located in this area.

Fort (band)

Fort are a stoner/ psychedelic/ hard rock five-member band from the northern New South Wales coastal town of Byron Bay, Australia.

Fort (Colombo)

Fort is the central business district of Colombo in Sri Lanka. It is the financial district of Colombo and the location of the Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) and the World Trade Centre of Colombo from which the CSE operates. It is also the location of the Bank of Ceylon headquarters. Along the foreshore of the Fort area is the Galle Face Green Promenade, built in 1859 under the governance of Sir Henry George Ward, the Governor of Ceylon (Sri Lanka) during British colonial administration. Fort is also home to the General Post Office, hotels, government departments and offices.

Fort (surname)

Fort is a surname. Notable people with the surname include:

  • Charles Fort (1874–1932), journalist and researcher whose philosophy inspired the term Fortean
  • Charles Fort (poet) (born 1951), American poet
  • Connell Fort (1867-1937), Louisiana politician
  • Cornelia Fort (1919–1943), American aviator
  • De Witt Clinton Fort (1830–1868), Texan politician
  • Franklin W. Fort (1880–1937), American politician
  • Garrett Fort (1900–1948), American screenwriter
  • George F. Fort (1809–1872), American politician
  • Greenbury L. Fort (1825–1883), American politician
  • Jeff Fort (born 1947), American gang leader and convicted terrorist
  • John Franklin Fort (1852–1920), American politician
  • M. K. Fort, Jr. (1921–1964), American mathematician
  • Matthew Fort (born 1954), British food writer and critic
  • Neal Fort (born 1968), American footballer
  • Paul Fort (1872-1960), French poet
  • Pavel Fořt (born 1983), Czech footballer
  • Ricardo Fort (1968–2013), Argentine socialite, businessman and television director
  • Robert Boal Fort (1867–1904), American politician

Usage examples of "fort".

They consisted of forts crowning a succession of rounded hills, and connected by earthen ramparts, loopholed houses, ditches, and an abattis of felled trees.

There Abel Veritt asked Rimon to go up to the top of a hill with the most sensitive Simes of Fort Freedom to zlin any danger spots ahead.

They had the place of honor as witnesses while Abel performed the strange ceremony of vows that constituted the Fort Freedom pledge ceremony.

Attended by a few Indians, he travelled four days and nights, till he found Bigot at an Abenaki fort on the Kennebec.

Chubb succumbed immediately, sounded a parley, and gave up the fort, on condition that he and his men should be protected from the Indians, sent to Boston, and exchanged for French and Abenaki prisoners.

The third time, a band of Abenaki had appeared on the edge of the forest as if preparing for an attack, and the fort had been called to battle readiness.

They have been steadily migrating eastward along the Churchill River, then by way of Cross Lake, Fort Hope, to Abitibi, thence north-easterly clean across the country to Labrador, where few were to be found twenty-five years ago.

French priests minister to the Acadian farmers outside the fort, to the sinister Indians ever lying in ambush, to the French bushrovers under young St.

In a few days the English cannon had been placed in a circle round the fort, and set such strange music humming in the ears of the besieged that the Acadian farmers deserted and the priest nervously thought of flight.

As late as 1698, we find Acadian officials advising the reconstruction of the fort.

The right-hand one, commissioned by my Grandmother Adelia, is of Colonel Parkman, a veteran of the last decisive battle fought in the American Revolution, that of Fort Ticonderoga, now in New York State.

La Nekyia nous est parvenue fort surchargee, par les aedes qui la chantaient aux banquets, de morceaux qui ne sont ni du meme age ni du meme caractere.

On the other hand, the British captured some forts on the Mosquito shore from the Spaniards, and took Aera, on the coast of Africa, from the Dutch.

Southern Baptist Alabamans, branched out to the predominantly black neighborhood of Fort Greene, Brooklyn.

Here the archaeological evidence shows that the fort was occupied by an Alamannic king and his followers.