American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A fortified place or position stationed with troops.
- n. A permanent army post.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A strong place of defense; a fortified building or inclosure; especially, an armed place for a garrison, provided with defensive works, for the protection of a town, harbor, frontier, or other point against the approach or passage of hostile forces.
- n. A trading-post among the North American Indians, whether fortified or not. Such posts were originally armed forts, and the name continued to be used after defenses became unnecessary, and they were accordingly built without them.
- n. Same as forte, 1.
- To occupy a fort.
- An abbreviation of fortification.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Mil.) A strong or fortified place; usually, a small fortified place, occupied only by troops, surrounded with a ditch, rampart, and parapet, or with palisades, stockades, or other means of defense; a fortification.
- v. gather in, or as if in, a fort, as for protection or defense
- n. a fortified defensive structure
- v. enclose by or as if by a fortification
- n. a fortified military post where troops are stationed
- v. station (troops) in a fort
- From Middle French fort (adjective use is of Old French). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, strength, stronghold, from Old French, strong, strength, from Latin fortis. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Olo means _fort_ and Senga a _parrot_, and hence the island was called Olosenga -- the fort or refuge of parrots.”
“September 8, 10 A.M., the marchers advance through the woods on Johnson's fort, when suddenly they learn that their scout has lied, -- _Johnson himself is still at the fort_.”
“At the same time, I have heard Germans quote the saying -- "_Geschiedene Leute scheiden fort und fort_," and object strongly to associate with anyone, however innocent, who had been connected with a matrimonial scandal.”
“_Geschiedene Leute scheiden fort und fort_": divorced people sever forever.”
“This fort is a larger version of the more common and much smaller fortified compounds known as qala that characterize the rural zones of eastern and southern Afghanistan and the wider region.”
“I went to the Smithsonian in Washington, DC, once and one of the flags that flew over a fort is there with bullit holes and burn marks on it, so in some ways maybe the small stain on my grandmothers flag adds to the ambiance about it?!”
“Next to this fort is a small settlement of Chinese pirates [ladroes] and fishermen.”
“The view from the fort is the only place where you can see the three islands located off the coast at the same time.”
“Now a wall of the fort is at the left edge of the drive.”
“Tom has built up between them with stones, all around, except one narrow place which he calls the fort gate.”
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