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A fortified place, especially a large, permanent military stronghold that often includes a town.
[Middle English forteress, from Old French, from Medieval Latin fortalitia, from Latin fortis, strong; see bhergh- in Indo-European roots.]
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1. (Fortifications) a large fort or fortified town
2. a place or source of refuge or support
(Fortifications) (tr) to protect with or as if with a fortress
[C13: from Old French forteresse, from Medieval Latin fortalitia, from Latin fortis strong]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
1. a fort or group of forts often including a town; citadel.
2. any place of exceptional security; stronghold.
[1300–50; Middle English forteresse < Old French < Vulgar Latin *fortaricia (compare Medieval Latin fortalitia < Latin fortis strong]
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Past participle: fortressed
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A large, complex military stronghold with defense in depth and considerable perimeter. In the nineteenth century, a whole city defended by a ring of forts might be so designated.
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|Noun||1.||fortress - 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
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قَلْعَه، مَعْقِل، حِصْن
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fortress[ˈfɔːrtrəs] n → forteresse f
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n → Festung f
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Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995
a (usually large) fort or fortified building. vesting قَلْعَه، مَعْقِل، حِصْن крепост fortaleza die Festung fæstning; borg οχυρόfortaleza, fuerte دژ linnake forteresse מְצוּדָה किला tvrđava erőd(ítmény) benteng kastali, virki fortezza 要塞 요새 tvirtovė cietoksnis bangunan pertahanan vestingfestning forteca نظامى كلا، لښكر كوټ، جنګى كلا، كلا، حصار fortaleza fortăreaţă крепость pevnosť trdnjava trvđava fästning ป้อมปราการ kale, hisar 堡壘，要塞 фортеця وسیع قلعہ یا مورچہ بندی pháo đài 堡垒，要塞
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