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strong·hold

 (strông′hōld′)
n.
1. A fortified place or a fortress.
2.
a. A place of survival or refuge: one of the last strongholds of an age-old tradition.
b. An area dominated or occupied by a special group or distinguished by a special quality: a feminist stronghold; a stronghold of democracy.

stronghold

(ˈstrɒŋˌhəʊld)
n
1. (Fortifications) a defensible place; fortress
2. a major centre or area of predominance
[C15: from strong + hold1 (in the archaic sense: a fortified place)]

strong•hold

(ˈstrɔŋˌhoʊld, ˈstrɒŋ-)

n.
1. a well-fortified place; fortress.
2. a place that serves as the center of a faction or of any group sharing certain opinions or attitudes.
[1375–1425]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.stronghold - a strongly fortified defensive structurestronghold - a strongly fortified defensive structure
citadel, bastion - a stronghold into which people could go for shelter during a battle
blockhouse - a stronghold that is reinforced for protection from enemy fire; with apertures for defensive fire
defensive structure, defence, defense - a structure used to defend against attack; "the artillery battered down the defenses"
hold - a stronghold
donjon, dungeon, keep - the main tower within the walls of a medieval castle or fortress
redoubt - an entrenched stronghold or refuge

stronghold

noun
1. bastion, fortress, bulwark, fastness The seat was a stronghold of the labour party.
2. refuge, haven, retreat, sanctuary, hide-out, bolt hole Shetland is the last stronghold of otters in the British Isles.
Translations
قَلْعَه، حِصْن
pevnost
bastion
vígi, virki

stronghold

[ˈstrɒŋhəʊld] Nfortaleza f, plaza f fuerte (fig) → baluarte m, centro m
the last stronghold ofel último baluarte de ...

stronghold

[ˈstrɒŋhəʊld] n
(= fortress) → bastion m
[party, group people] → bastion m

stronghold

[ˈstrɒŋˌhəʊld] nfortezza
the last stronghold of ... (fig) → l'ultima roccaforte di...

strong

(stroŋ) adjective
1. firm, sound, or powerful, and therefore not easily broken, destroyed, attacked, defeated, resisted, or affected by weariness, illness etc. strong furniture; a strong castle; a strong wind; She's a strong swimmer; He has a very strong will/personality; He has never been very strong (= healthy); He is not strong enough to lift that heavy table.
2. very noticeable; very intense. a strong colour; a strong smell.
3. containing a large amount of the flavouring ingredient. strong tea.
4. (of a group, force etc) numbering a particular amount. An army 20,000 strong was advancing towards the town.
ˈstrongly adverb
strength (streŋθ) noun
1. the quality of being strong. He got his strength back slowly after his illness; I hadn't the strength to resist him.
2. the number of people etc in a force, organization etc, considered as an indication of its power or effectiveness. The force is below strength.
strengthen (ˈstreŋθən) verb
to make or become strong or stronger. He did exercises to strengthen his muscles; The wind strengthened.
ˈstrongbox noun
a safe or box for valuables.
strong drink
alcoholic liquors.
ˈstronghold noun
a fort, fortress or castle etc.
strong language
swearing or abuse.
ˌstrong-ˈminded adjective
having determination.
strong point
a quality, skill etc in which a person excels. Arithmetic isn't one of my strong points.
strongroom noun
a room specially constructed for keeping valuable articles, with thick walls and a heavy steel door etc.
on the strength of
relying on. On the strength of this offer of money, we plan to start building soon.
References in classic literature ?
His stronghold was situated on the banks of the Hudson, in one of those green, sheltered, fertile nooks in which the Dutch farmers are so fond of nestling.
Yes, for replenished with the meat and wine of the word, to the faithful man of God, this pulpit, I see, is a self-containing stronghold --a lofty Ehrenbreitstein, with a perennial well of water within the walls.
In an assault upon a stronghold in Bavaria when he was only twenty-three years old, his right hand was shot away, but he was so interested in the fight that he did not observe it for a while.
To beard a magistrate in his stronghold, and on the Sabbath, too
The next stronghold of British sympathy which we take by storm is Sheffield.
The Lord Mayor, in the stronghold of the mighty Mansion House, gave orders to his fifty cooks and butlers to keep Christmas as a Lord Mayor's household should; and even the little tailor, whom he had fined five shillings on the previous Monday for being drunk and bloodthirsty in the streets, stirred up to-morrow's pudding in his garret, while his lean wife and the baby sallied out to buy the beef.
So, in my case; all the work, near and afar, that tended to the end, had been accomplished; and in an instant the blow was struck, and the roof of my stronghold dropped upon me.
Moreover, they have watchmen out by night and day, and spies scattered through the land, so that it will be hard to take them unawares; also their stronghold is a vast cave open to the sky in the middle, and none have won that stronghold yet, nor could it be found except by those who know its secret.
If the mutineers succeeded in crossing the stockade, he argued, they would take possession of any unprotected loophole and shoot us down like rats in our own stronghold.
That is impossible," said Don Quixote: "I say it is impossible that there could be a knight-errant without a lady, because to such it is as natural and proper to be in love as to the heavens to have stars: most certainly no history has been seen in which there is to be found a knight-errant without an amour, and for the simple reason that without one he would be held no legitimate knight but a bastard, and one who had gained entrance into the stronghold of the said knighthood, not by the door, but over the wall like a thief and a robber.
Thus chatting pleasantly the band turned back into the woodland and sought their secluded dell, where the trees were the thickest, the moss was the softest, and a secret path led to a cave, at once a retreat and a stronghold.
The panorama passed before their eyes like a flash, save when the steam concealed it fitfully from the view; the travellers could scarcely discern the fort of Chupenie, twenty miles south-westward from Benares, the ancient stronghold of the rajahs of Behar; or Ghazipur and its famous rose-water factories; or the tomb of Lord Cornwallis, rising on the left bank of the Ganges; the fortified town of Buxar, or Patna, a large manufacturing and trading-place, where is held the principal opium market of India; or Monghir, a more than European town, for it is as English as Manchester or Birmingham, with its iron foundries, edgetool factories, and high chimneys puffing clouds of black smoke heavenward.