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1. A projecting part of a fortification.
2. A well-fortified position.
3. One that upholds or defends something, as against neglect or unpopularity: a college that is a bastion of traditionalism. See Synonyms at bulwark.
[French, from Old French bastillon, from bastille, fortress; see bastille.]
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
1. (Fortifications) a projecting work in a fortification designed to permit fire to the flanks along the face of the wall
2. any fortified place
3. a thing or person regarded as upholding or defending an attitude, principle, etc: the last bastion of opposition.
[C16: from French, from earlier bastillon bastion, from bastille Bastille]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
1. a projecting portion of a rampart or fortification that forms an irregular pentagon attached at the base to the main work.
2. a fortified place.
3. anything seen as preserving some quality, condition, etc.: a bastion of democracy.
[1590–1600; < Middle French < Italian bastione < Upper Italian bastí(a) bastion, orig., fortified, built < Germanic]
Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd. Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.
A pentagonal work projecting from the main rampart. Dominant feature of European military architecture from the sixteenth to nineteenth centuries.
Dictionary of Unfamiliar Words by Diagram Group Copyright © 2008 by Diagram Visual Information Limited
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|Noun||1.||bastion - a group that defends a principle; "a bastion against corruption"; "the last bastion of communism"|
|2.||bastion - a stronghold into which people could go for shelter during a battle|
acropolis - the citadel in ancient Greek towns
kremlin - citadel of a Russian town
|3.||bastion - projecting part of a rampart or other fortification|
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noun stronghold, support, defence, rock, prop, refuge, fortress, mainstay, citadel, bulwark, tower of strength, fastness The army is still one of the last male bastions.
Collins Thesaurus of the English Language – Complete and Unabridged 2nd Edition. 2002 © HarperCollins Publishers 1995, 2002
bastion[ˈbæstɪən] N (also fig) → baluarte m
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005
bastion[ˈbæstiən] n (= stronghold) → bastion m
a male bastion → un bastion masculin
a bastion of sth → un bastion de qch
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995
bastion(ˈbӕstjən) , ((American) ˈbastʃən) noun
a person, place or thing which acts as a defence. He's one of the last bastions of the old leisurely way of life. bastion, vesting مَعْقِل / دِفاع укрепление bastião bašta das Bollwerk, die Festung fæstning; bastion προπύργιο bastión, baluarte kants تکیه گاه linnake bastion חוֹמַת מָגֶן गढ़ bastion, bedem bástya pertahanan, kubu vígi bastione とりで 보루 bastionas, tvirtovė bastions kubu bolwerkbastion, festning bastion برج (د كلا يا حصار)، جنگځي (هر ډول)، سنگر، مورچل bastião bastion оплот bašta branik bastion bastion ปราการ kale 堡壘，防禦者(物) бастіон فصیل کی برجی pháo đài 堡垒
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