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bas·tion

 (băs′chən, -tē-ən)
n.
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.]

bas′tioned adj.
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bastion

(ˈbæstɪən)
n
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]
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bas•tion

(ˈbæs tʃən)

n.
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]
bas′tioned, adj.
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bastion

A pentagonal work projecting from the main rampart. Dominant feature of European military architecture from the sixteenth to nineteenth centuries.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.bastion - a group that defends a principlebastion - a group that defends a principle; "a bastion against corruption"; "the last bastion of communism"
defence force, defense force, defence, defense - an organization of defenders that provides resistance against attack; "he joined the defense against invasion"
2.bastion - a stronghold into which people could go for shelter during a battlebastion - 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
stronghold, fastness - a strongly fortified defensive structure
3.bastion - projecting part of a rampart or other fortificationbastion - projecting part of a rampart or other fortification
fortification, munition - defensive structure consisting of walls or mounds built around a stronghold to strengthen it
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bastion

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.
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Translations
مَعْقِل
bašta
bastionfæstning
bastionilinnakepuolestapuhuja
vígi
bastionastvirtovė
bastions
bašta
bastion

bastion

[ˈbæstɪən] N (also fig) → baluarte m
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bastion

[ˈbæstiən] n (= stronghold) → bastion m
a male bastion → un bastion masculin
a bastion of sth → un bastion de qch
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bastion

n (lit, fig)Bastion f; (= person)Stütze f, → Säule f
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bastion

[ˈbæstɪən] n (castle wall) → bastione m; (stronghold) (fig) → baluardo
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.
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References in classic literature ?
In fact the Rochellais had made a sortie during the night, and had retaken a bastion of which the royal army had gained possession two days before.
He walked to an angle of the bastion, and beheld the scout advancing, under the custody of a French officer, to the body of the fort.
Do you remember the history of the Bastion Saint- Gervais, captain?"
In the evening Lys and I went up into one of the bastion towers and listened to the grim and terrible nightlife of the frightful ages of the past.
It would have been easy for Kirby, with his powerful frame, to have seized the moment to scale the bastion, and, with his great strength, to have sent both of its defenders in pursuit of the veteran; but hostility appeared to he the passion that the wood-chopper indulged the least in at that moment, for, in a voice that was heard by the retreating left wing, he shouted:
From either side they were sweeping down from room to room and from bastion to bastion in the direction of the keep.
Gervais, Athos, and the napkin which was converted into a banner?" and he then related to Raoul the story of the bastion, and Raoul fancied he was listening to one of those deeds of arms belonging to days of chivalry, so gloriously recounted by Tasso and Ariosto.
"Do not excite yourself, my worthy president," replied Michel; "might it not be possible that the dark lines forming that bastion were rows of trees regularly placed?"
A small white cloud, which had attracted Dantes' attention, crowned the summit of the bastion of the Chateau d'If.
Here Saturn's grey chaos rolls over me, and I obtain dim, shuddering glimpses into those Polar eternities; when wedged bastions of ice pressed hard upon what are now the Tropics; and in all the 25,000 miles of this world's circumference, not an inhabitable hand's breadth of land was visible.
When he beheld nothing but stockades and bastions, calculated for defense against naked savages, he felt an emotion of indignant surprise, mingled with something of the ludicrous.
Lastly, her cheek-bones stood out, as if nature had intended them for two bastions to defend her eyes in those encounters for which she seemed so well calculated, and to which she was most wonderfully well inclined.