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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 ?
For this reason the best possible fortress is--not to be hated by the people, because, although you may hold the fortresses, yet they will not save you if the people hate you, for there will never be wanting foreigners to assist a people who have taken arms against you.
It is not difficult to capture a fortress but it is difficult to win a campaign.
Art thou not thyself the wind with shrill whistling, which bursteth open the gates of the fortress of Death?
With this compromise, the governor was in a situation to be satisfied with a garrison of eight men to guard his fortress, in which twelve cannons accumulated coats of moldy green.
In 1710 Port Royal, a fortress of Acadia, was taken by the English.
This gloomy fortress, which has for more than three hundred years furnished food for so many wild legends, seemed to Dantes like a scaffold to a malefactor.
They were to proceed together to the mouth of the Columbia, capture or destroy whatever American fortress they should find there, and plant the British flag on its ruins.
But through it all we came at last to where the way led up a narrow gorge that grew steeper and more impracticable at every step until before us loomed a mighty fortress buried beneath the side of an overhanging cliff.
On a day, so far back that there was no way of estimating its distance, one, Somo, son of Loti, who was the chief of the island fortress of Umbo, had quarrelled with his father and fled from his wrath along with a dozen canoe-loads of young men.
The carelessness engendered by these usages descended even to the war of the Revolution and lost the States the important fortress of Ticonderoga opening a way for the army of Burgoyne into what was then the bosom of the country.
A white flag from within the fortress, and a parley--this dimly perceptible through the raging storm, nothing audible in it--suddenly the sea rose immeasurably wider and higher, and swept Defarge of the wine-shop over the lowered drawbridge, past the massive stone outer walls, in among the eight great towers surrendered!
We even steamed recklessly by the frowning fortress of Malabat