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fort

a fortified place occupied by troops; an army post: The fort was well guarded.
Not to be confused with:
forte – (pronounced fo–rt) an activity one excels in; talent, skill, knack: The painting of landscapes is his forte.; (pronounced for’tay) a direction in music to play loud and with force (opposed to piano, meaning soft; subdued)

fort

 (fôrt)
n.
1. A fortified place or position stationed with troops.
2. A permanent army post.

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

fort

(fɔːt)
n
1. (Fortifications) a fortified enclosure, building, or position able to be defended against an enemy
2. hold the fort informal to maintain or guard something temporarily
[C15: from Old French, from fort (adj) strong, from Latin fortis]

fort

(fɔrt, foʊrt)

n.
1. a location occupied by troops and surrounded by defensive works, as walls and ditches.
2. any permanent army post.
3. (formerly) a trading post.
Idioms:
hold the fort,
a. to defend one's position against attack or criticism.
b. to maintain the existing state of affairs.
[1550–60; < Middle French, n. use of adj. fort strong < Latin fortis]

fort.

1. fortification.
2. fortified.

fort

A small stronghold with all-round defenses such as an Iron Age fort, American West log fort, or Roman garrison.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.fort - a fortified military post where troops are stationedfort - a fortified military post where troops are stationed
military post, post - military installation at which a body of troops is stationed; "this military post provides an important source of income for the town nearby"; "there is an officer's club on the post"
armed forces, armed services, military, military machine, war machine - the military forces of a nation; "their military is the largest in the region"; "the military machine is the same one we faced in 1991 but now it is weaker"
2.fort - a fortified defensive structurefort - 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
Verb1.fort - gather in, or as if in, a fort, as for protection or defense
foregather, forgather, gather, assemble, meet - collect in one place; "We assembled in the church basement"; "Let's gather in the dining room"
2.fort - enclose by or as if by a fortification
inclose, shut in, close in, enclose - surround completely; "Darkness enclosed him"; "They closed in the porch with a fence"
trench - fortify by surrounding with trenches; "He trenched his military camp"
embattle - fortify by furnishing with battlements for defense; "an embattled castle"
3.fort - station (troops) in a fort
station, post, send, place - assign to a station

fort

noun fortress, keep, station, camp, tower, castle, garrison, stronghold, citadel, fortification, redoubt, fastness, blockhouse Soldiers inside the fort are under sustained attack.
hold the fort (Informal) take responsibility, cover, stand in, carry on, take over the reins, maintain the status quo, deputize, keep things moving, keep things on an even keel His partner is holding the fort while he is away.
Translations
pevnost
fort
linnakelinnoitustukikohta
utvrda
erőd
virki
요새
fortas
forts
pevnosť
trdnjava
fort
ป้อม
thành trì

fort

[fɔːt]
A. N (Mil) → fortaleza f, fuerte m
to hold the fortquedarse a cargo
hold the fort till I get backhazte cargo hasta que yo regrese
B. CPD Fort Knox N lugar donde se guardan las reservas de oro de EE.UU.
they've turned their house into Fort Knox (fig) → han convertido su casa en un búnker

fort

[ˈfɔːrt] nfort m
to hold the fort (British) to hold down the fort (US)assurer la permanence

fort

n (Mil) → Fort nt; to hold the fort (fig)die Stellung halten

fort

[fɔːt] n (Mil) → forte m

fort

(foːt) noun
a building which is built so that it can be defended against an enemy.

fort

حِصْن pevnost fort Festung φρούριο fuerte linnake fort utvrda forte 요새 fort fort fort forte форт fort ป้อม kale thành trì 堡垒
References in classic literature ?
They carried this expedition so secretly, that the unwary inhabitants did not discover them, until they fired upon the forts; and, not being prepared to oppose them, were obliged to surrender themselves miserable captives to barbarous savages, who immediately after tomahawked one man and two women, and loaded all the others with heavy baggage, forcing them along toward their towns, able or unable to march.
The travellers defended themselves bravely; some of the cars were barricaded, and sustained a siege, like moving forts, carried along at a speed of a hundred miles an hour.
And all around these forts and castles lay the eternal forest, and the roll of the drum died away in those deep solitudes.
The Grand Turk took the loss greatly to heart, and with the cunning which all his race possess, he made peace with the Venetians (who were much more eager for it than he was), and the following year, seventy-four, he attacked the Goletta and the fort which Don John had left half built near Tunis.
Disheartened, Bradley determined to turn back toward the fort, as he already had exceeded the time decided upon by Bowen Tyler and himself for the expedition.
Our leader moved across the river, therefore, and took up his position in the old fort at Agra.
My company was one of those stationed at Fort Phil Kearney, commanded by Colonel Carrington.
This stream makes its way through the defiles of the mountains, into the plain below Fort Henry, where it terminates in Snake River.
I was sent by Major Effingham, at Sir William's own bidding, to outflank the French, and carry the tidings of their disaster across the portage, to the fort on the Hudson.
The men in the fort disdained the newcomers and enjoyed seeing them come to grief.
He got all his horses into camp and secured them; then, making a breastwork of his packs of goods, he charged his men to remain in garrison, and not to stir out of their fort. For himself, he mingled with the other leaders, determined to take his share in the conflict.
We worked with him for two days until he got things fairly well started, and then we returned to Fort Dinosaur, as I feared that Bradley might return and be worried by our absence.