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n. Archaic
A small defensive structure or position; a small fort.

[Middle English, from Medieval Latin fortalitia; see fortress.]


(Fortifications) a small fort or outwork of a fortification
[C15: from Medieval Latin fortalitia, from Latin fortis strong; see fortress]


(ˈfɔr tl ɪs)

1. a small fort.
2. Archaic. a fortress.
[1375–1425; late Middle English < Medieval Latin fortalitia, fortalitium, derivative of Latin fortis strong]
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Again, in Arles and Nimes, and other towns that I could name, there are the great arches and fortalices still standing which were built of old by giant men who came from the south.
Part of this venerable building dates back to the time of the first crusade, when Hugo de Capus built a fortalice in the centre of the estate, which had been granted to him by the Red King.
Thou seest, Sir Friar, yon herd of Saxon swine, who have dared to environ this castle of Torquilstone Tell them whatever thou hast a mind of the weakness of this fortalice, or aught else that can detain them before it for twenty-four hours.