Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The science of fortifying.
  • n. The act or process of fortifying.
  • n. Something that serves to fortify, especially military works erected to fortify a position or place.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The act of fortifying; the art or science of fortifying places to strengthen defence against an enemy.
  • n. That which fortifies; especially, a work or works erected to defend a place against attack; a fortified place; a fortress; a fort; a castle.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of fortifying; the art or science of fortifying places in order to defend them against an enemy.
  • n. That which fortifies; especially, a work or works erected to defend a place against attack; a fortified place; a fortress; a fort; a castle.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of fortifying or strengthening.
  • n. The art or science of strengthening military positions in such a way that they may be defended by a body of men much inferior in number to those by whom they are attacked.
  • n. That which fortifies, strengthens, or protects.
  • n. Specifically A military work, consisting of a wall, ditch, palisades, etc., constructed for the purpose of strengthening a position; a fortified place; a fort; a castle.
  • n. the polygonal or caponiere system
  • n. the tenailled system, and
  • n. the bastioned system. To these in modern times may be added the armored or turreted system. Mahan. Synonyms Fortification, Bulwark, Castle, Citadel, Fort, Fortress, Mamelon, Rampart, Redan, Redoubt. Fortification is the only one of these words that is used for the art or science, or for all classes of defensive works; the others represent kinds of fortification. Thus, fortress represents a large, and fort, generally, but not always, a smaller stronghold, defensible on all sides, as Fortress Monroe, Fort Sumter. See the definitions of the words.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. defensive structure consisting of walls or mounds built around a stronghold to strengthen it
  • n. the addition of an ingredient for the purpose of enrichment (as the addition of alcohol to wine or the addition of vitamins to food)
  • n. the art or science of strengthening defenses

Etymologies

From Latin fortificātiō. (Wiktionary)

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