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strong·hold

 (strông′hōld′)
n.
1. A fortified place or a fortress.
2.
a. A place of survival or refuge: one of the last strongholds of an age-old tradition.
b. An area dominated or occupied by a special group or distinguished by a special quality: a feminist stronghold; a stronghold of democracy.

stronghold

(ˈstrɒŋˌhəʊld)
n
1. (Fortifications) a defensible place; fortress
2. a major centre or area of predominance
[C15: from strong + hold1 (in the archaic sense: a fortified place)]

strong•hold

(ˈstrɔŋˌhoʊld, ˈstrɒŋ-)

n.
1. a well-fortified place; fortress.
2. a place that serves as the center of a faction or of any group sharing certain opinions or attitudes.
[1375–1425]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.stronghold - a strongly fortified defensive structurestronghold - a strongly fortified defensive structure
citadel, bastion - a stronghold into which people could go for shelter during a battle
blockhouse - a stronghold that is reinforced for protection from enemy fire; with apertures for defensive fire
defensive structure, defence, defense - a structure used to defend against attack; "the artillery battered down the defenses"
hold - a stronghold
donjon, dungeon, keep - the main tower within the walls of a medieval castle or fortress
redoubt - an entrenched stronghold or refuge

stronghold

noun
1. bastion, fortress, bulwark, fastness The seat was a stronghold of the labour party.
2. refuge, haven, retreat, sanctuary, hide-out, bolt hole Shetland is the last stronghold of otters in the British Isles.
Translations
قَلْعَه، حِصْن
pevnost
bastion
vígi, virki

stronghold

[ˈstrɒŋhəʊld] Nfortaleza f, plaza f fuerte (fig) → baluarte m, centro m
the last stronghold ofel último baluarte de ...

stronghold

[ˈstrɒŋhəʊld] n
(= fortress) → bastion m
[party, group people] → bastion m

stronghold

[ˈstrɒŋˌhəʊld] nfortezza
the last stronghold of ... (fig) → l'ultima roccaforte di...

strong

(stroŋ) adjective
1. firm, sound, or powerful, and therefore not easily broken, destroyed, attacked, defeated, resisted, or affected by weariness, illness etc. strong furniture; a strong castle; a strong wind; She's a strong swimmer; He has a very strong will/personality; He has never been very strong (= healthy); He is not strong enough to lift that heavy table.
2. very noticeable; very intense. a strong colour; a strong smell.
3. containing a large amount of the flavouring ingredient. strong tea.
4. (of a group, force etc) numbering a particular amount. An army 20,000 strong was advancing towards the town.
ˈstrongly adverb
strength (streŋθ) noun
1. the quality of being strong. He got his strength back slowly after his illness; I hadn't the strength to resist him.
2. the number of people etc in a force, organization etc, considered as an indication of its power or effectiveness. The force is below strength.
strengthen (ˈstreŋθən) verb
to make or become strong or stronger. He did exercises to strengthen his muscles; The wind strengthened.
ˈstrongbox noun
a safe or box for valuables.
strong drink
alcoholic liquors.
ˈstronghold noun
a fort, fortress or castle etc.
strong language
swearing or abuse.
ˌstrong-ˈminded adjective
having determination.
strong point
a quality, skill etc in which a person excels. Arithmetic isn't one of my strong points.
strongroom noun
a room specially constructed for keeping valuable articles, with thick walls and a heavy steel door etc.
on the strength of
relying on. On the strength of this offer of money, we plan to start building soon.
References in classic literature ?
Heroic deeds and adventurous exploits have been performed there, within the very stronghold of his sway.
They were getting deep into the mountains, and Erirola took a secret trail, cut in ahead of the missionary, and reached the stronghold of the Buli of Gatoka.
But Lop-Ear and I little dreamed of all this when we found ourselves in the Fire People's stronghold.
Yes, for replenished with the meat and wine of the word, to the faithful man of God, this pulpit, I see, is a self-containing stronghold --a lofty Ehrenbreitstein, with a perennial well of water within the walls.
The next stronghold of British sympathy which we take by storm is Sheffield.
And at last, from every side, the victorious armies of the Revolution would close in on the City of Mexico itself, Diaz's last stronghold.
For what dread of want or poverty that can reach or harass the student can compare with what the soldier feels, who finds himself beleaguered in some stronghold mounting guard in some ravelin or cavalier, knows that the enemy is pushing a mine towards the post where he is stationed, and cannot under any circumstances retire or fly from the imminent danger that threatens him?
It is the spy seated in the central stronghold of the ego.
Moreover, they have watchmen out by night and day, and spies scattered through the land, so that it will be hard to take them unawares; also their stronghold is a vast cave open to the sky in the middle, and none have won that stronghold yet, nor could it be found except by those who know its secret.
Darkness was just falling as we came in sight of the seemingly impregnable walls of this mountain stronghold, and lest we be seen I drew back with Woola behind a jutting granite promontory, into a clump of the hardy, purple scrub that thrives upon the barren sides of Otz.
The best he would do was to give us food, which he did, and direct me as to the safest portion of the is-land upon which to attempt a landing, though even as he told me I am sure that he thought my request for information but a blind to deceive him as to my true knowledge of the insular stronghold.
Only several canoes lingered, and from one of these Van Horn beckoned aboard Nau-hau, the biggest chief of the stronghold of Langa-Langa.