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for·tress

 (fôr′trĭs)
n.
A fortified place, especially a large, permanent military stronghold that often includes a town.

[Middle English forteress, from Old French, from Medieval Latin fortalitia, from Latin fortis, strong; see bhergh- in Indo-European roots.]

fortress

(ˈfɔːtrɪs)
n
1. (Fortifications) a large fort or fortified town
2. a place or source of refuge or support
vb
(Fortifications) (tr) to protect with or as if with a fortress
[C13: from Old French forteresse, from Medieval Latin fortalitia, from Latin fortis strong]

for•tress

(ˈfɔr trɪs)

n.
1. a fort or group of forts often including a town; citadel.
2. any place of exceptional security; stronghold.
[1300–50; Middle English forteresse < Old French < Vulgar Latin *fortaricia (compare Medieval Latin fortalitia < Latin fortis strong]

fortress


Past participle: fortressed
Gerund: fortressing

Imperative
fortress
fortress
Present
I fortress
you fortress
he/she/it fortresses
we fortress
you fortress
they fortress
Preterite
I fortressed
you fortressed
he/she/it fortressed
we fortressed
you fortressed
they fortressed
Present Continuous
I am fortressing
you are fortressing
he/she/it is fortressing
we are fortressing
you are fortressing
they are fortressing
Present Perfect
I have fortressed
you have fortressed
he/she/it has fortressed
we have fortressed
you have fortressed
they have fortressed
Past Continuous
I was fortressing
you were fortressing
he/she/it was fortressing
we were fortressing
you were fortressing
they were fortressing
Past Perfect
I had fortressed
you had fortressed
he/she/it had fortressed
we had fortressed
you had fortressed
they had fortressed
Future
I will fortress
you will fortress
he/she/it will fortress
we will fortress
you will fortress
they will fortress
Future Perfect
I will have fortressed
you will have fortressed
he/she/it will have fortressed
we will have fortressed
you will have fortressed
they will have fortressed
Future Continuous
I will be fortressing
you will be fortressing
he/she/it will be fortressing
we will be fortressing
you will be fortressing
they will be fortressing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been fortressing
you have been fortressing
he/she/it has been fortressing
we have been fortressing
you have been fortressing
they have been fortressing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been fortressing
you will have been fortressing
he/she/it will have been fortressing
we will have been fortressing
you will have been fortressing
they will have been fortressing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been fortressing
you had been fortressing
he/she/it had been fortressing
we had been fortressing
you had been fortressing
they had been fortressing
Conditional
I would fortress
you would fortress
he/she/it would fortress
we would fortress
you would fortress
they would fortress
Past Conditional
I would have fortressed
you would have fortressed
he/she/it would have fortressed
we would have fortressed
you would have fortressed
they would have fortressed

fortress

A large, complex military stronghold with defense in depth and considerable perimeter. In the nineteenth century, a whole city defended by a ring of forts might be so designated.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.fortress - a fortified defensive structurefortress - a fortified defensive structure  
alcazar - any of various Spanish fortresses or palaces built by the Moors
battlement, crenelation, crenellation - a rampart built around the top of a castle with regular gaps for firing arrows or guns
defensive structure, defence, defense - a structure used to defend against attack; "the artillery battered down the defenses"
martello tower - a circular masonry fort for coastal defence
presidio - a fortress established in the southwestern United States by the Spanish in order to protect their missions and other holdings; "Tucson was first settled as a walled presidio"
sconce - a small fort or earthwork defending a ford, pass, or castle gate

fortress

noun castle, fort, stronghold, citadel, redoubt, fastness a 13th-century fortress
Translations
قَلْعَه، مَعْقِل، حِصْن
pevnost
fæstningborg
linnoitus
tvrđatvrđavautvrda
vár
kastali, virki
castellum
cietoksnisforts
trdnjava

fortress

[ˈfɔːtrɪs] Nfortaleza f, plaza f fuerte

fortress

[ˈfɔːrtrəs] nforteresse f

fortress

nFestung f

fortress

[ˈfɔːtrɪs] nfortezza, rocca

fortress

(ˈfoːtris) noun
a (usually large) fort or fortified building.
References in classic literature ?
It was the most romantic thing I ever saw--the river, the bridge of boats, the great fortress opposite, moonlight everywhere, and music fit to melt a heart of stone.
Glen's has a large village; and while William Henry, and even a fortress of later date, are only to be traced as ruins, there is another village on the shores of the Horican.
I found our fortress in a bad state of defence, but we proceeded immediately to repair our flanks, strengthen our gates and posterns, and form double bastions, which we compleated in ten days.
For instance, there was a glass pickle-jar, filled with fragments of Gibraltar rock; not, indeed, splinters of the veritable stone foundation of the famous fortress, but bits of delectable candy, neatly done up in white paper.
To observe and define his character, however, under such disadvantages, was as difficult a task as to trace out and build up anew, in imagination, an old fortress, like Ticonderoga, from a view of its grey and broken ruins.
It is a great triumph of skill to gain the former, but a still greater proof of generalship to maintain possession of the latter, for man must battle for his fortress at every door and window.
There was a corporeal humility in looking up at him; and a white man standing before him seemed a white flag come to beg truce of a fortress.
At the end of an hour we saw a far-away town sleeping in a valley by a winding river; and beyond it on a hill, a vast gray fortress, with towers and turrets, the first I had ever seen out of a picture.
and it had seen the time when these broken arches and crumbling battlements were a trim and strong and stately fortress, fluttering its gay banners in the sun, and peopled with vigorous humanity--how impossibly long ago that seems
The piece of ordnance referred to, was mounted in a separate fortress, constructed of lattice-work.
It was a fortress of no great size, consisting of a donjon, or large and high square tower, surrounded by buildings of inferior height, which were encircled by an inner court-yard.
He was sooner undeceived than I, and we met at the place where we parted in a few days; and soon afterwards left Pate to return to the Indies, and in nine-and-twenty days arrived at the famous fortress of Diou.